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It's Springtime for Track in Australia

By December 12, 2013

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It's technically the off-season for outdoor track and field worldwide. But there's plenty of warm weather in the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia, where the Zatopek:10 was run in Melbourne on Thursday. The event's 10,000-meter victories by Kenya's Samuel Chelanga and Nikki Chapple of Australia were overshadowed by New Zealand's Tom Walsh, who set a national shot put record of 20.61 meters (67 feet, 7 inches).

In the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday, Sophie Duarte of France won the European Cross Country Championship, finishing the 8-km race in 26:34. Spain's Alemayehu Bezabeh won the 10-km men's event in 29:11. The Championships were held in Belgrade.

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