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Solomon to run lead-off relay leg
05:07 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012

Rising star Steve Solomon will run the lead-off leg for Australia in the heats of the men's 4x400m relay at the London Olympics on Thursday.

Solomon, 19, has produced the three fastest times of his burgeoning career in the past week, including a PB of 44.98 in the semis of the individual race.

He will team up with anchor runner John Steffensen, who claimed before the Games that neither he or Solomon should be picked to run the individual 400m in London as neither of them had bettered the A qualifying standard.

The Athletics Australia selectors went with Solomon, a decision fully vindicated as he became the first Australian man since Darren Clark in 1988 to contest an Olympic 400m final.

The other runners chosen to run the heats of the 4x400m relay were Ben Offereins and Brendan Cole.

The two squad members left out were Joel Milburn and Tristan Thomas.

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