RISING stars Kelly Hetherington and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s brother Brandon are among a handful of young Australians named to make their major championships debuts at August’s world athletics titles in Moscow.
Hetherington, 23, booked her spot on the team by running a personal best of 2mins 01.22secs in the 800m at last weekend’s national trials in Sydney.
Starc – the younger brother of Test cricketer Mitchell Starc – also reached new heights at the trials, adding 5cm to his PB with a winning effort of 2.28m in the high jump.
The Athletics Australia selectors named a preliminary squad of 25 for the August 10-18 world championships, although the final team is expected to number more than 50.
The likes of reigning world and Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson and London Games medalists Mitchell Watt (long jump) and Jared Tallent (50km walk) were pre-selected.
Sprinter Melissa Breen and 2009 discus world champion Dani Samuels missed the trials due to injury, but will be added to the squad once they return to full fitness.
Other athletes have until late July to meet the selection criteria.
Australia won three medals and finished eighth on the overall medals table at the 2011 world championships in South Korea.