Commonwealth Games: Matthew Ramsden, Declan Tingay, Angus Armstrong added to Australia’s track and field squad

Ben SmithThe West Australian
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Matthew Ramsden has earned a Commonwealth Games reprieve.
Camera IconMatthew Ramsden has earned a Commonwealth Games reprieve. Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF

After suffering the heartbreak of missing out on the Olympics by a whisker, distance runner Matthew Ramsden has earned a Commonwealth Games reprieve.

The Rockingham product is one of three West Australians who have been named in an extended Australian track and field squad for the upcoming games in Birmingham.

Ramsden will make his Commonwealth Games debut after being selected to take part in the 1500m and 5000m, and will be joined in Birmingham by walker Declan Tingay and pole vaulter Angus Armstrong.

The runner looked to be on his way to Tokyo last year after clocking a qualifying time of 3.34.97 in the 1500m, but eventually missed out on a spot on the Olympic team after Oliver Hoare, Stewart McSweyn and Jye Edwards all ran scorching times to edge him out of contention.

Ramsden, who went on to run a personal best time a month out from the Olympics, has spent the last few months in Europe to prepare for both the Commonwealth Games and the imminent World Championships in Oregon.

Like Ramsden, Tingay is also making his games debut in the 10km walk after finishing 17th at the Tokyo Olympics in the 20km discipline.

Armstrong, the training partner of reining Commonwealth gold medallist Kurtis Marschall, is preparing for his second games after finishing fifth in the pole vault final on the Gold Coast.

Ramsden, Tingay and Armstrong are all WAIS scholarship holders, which means there will be 11 WAIS athletes in the track and field team.

Gold Coast high jump gold medallist Brandon Starc, who just missed out on a medal in Tokyo, and sprinting sensation Rohan Browning are among other Australians who have been added to the Commonwealth Games team.

Another reigning Commonwealth champion, javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell, and marathoner Eloise Wellings will become the first Australian track and field athletes to compete at five Commonwealth Games.

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