Australian All-Time Rankings – Relays

We endeavour to provide you with most up-to-date Australian all-time rankings. We include deep Open rankings (top-100 where possible), but also include Junior lists (top-50 where possible) and Youth lists (top-30 where possible).

There continues to be an enormous amount of research that goes into the Junior and Youth lists, so we are always happy to be notified of any additions/corrections (please contact us via our contact form). Essentially we are trying to fill the gap, where it had previously been extremely difficult to find rankings lists outside of Open level.

Herb Elliott - Previously held the world record for both the 1500m and mile.

All-Time Greatest Relay Splits – Men’s 4x400m

Darren Clark
Darren Clark4x400m - split: 43.86s
Clark is the only Australian to run a sub 44 second 4x400m split, when he produced an amazing 43.86s split when Australia placed 4th at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. This equates to around a 44.50s for an individual 400m. The performance from Bruce Frayne, Gary Minihan, Rick Mitchell and Clark in Los Angeles of 2:59.70 has still not been bettered by an Australian team. The most remarkable part of the performance was the fact that Clark hadn’t even turned 19. In the individual 400m he had already run 44.77s for 2nd in his quarter final and 44.75s for 4th place in the final (which was also an Australian U/20 record)
Joel Milburn
Joel Milburn4x400m - split: 44.28s
Milburn was at his very best when Australia placed 6th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, not only running an amazing split but also just missing the final in the individual 400m. After running a PB of 44.80s in his heat, Milburn would go onto place 3rd in his semi final in 45.06s. He would only break 45 seconds twice in his career, both recorded in 2008, although many of his best runs came when competing in the relay.
Clinton Hill
Clinton Hill4x400m - split: 44.41s
You could easily mount a case that Hill is Australia’s best ever relay runner (maybe only being pipped by Darren Clark for the honour). At the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008 he had splits of 44.41s, 44.61s and 44.87s, while also producing a 44.8h at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and a 44.67s in Canberra in 2008. His biggest thrill did come at the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he ran the final leg and joined Joel Milburn, Mark Ormrod and John Steffensen in winning an impressive silver medal. The most surprising part throughout his career was the fact he never broke through the 45 second barrier (PB of 45.06s in 2006).
Dylan Grant
Dylan Grant4x400m - split: 44.40s (ht)
We never did see the very best of Grant, but on the 27th January 2008 in Canberra we saw a glimpse of his enormous talent. A blistering 44.4s (ht) split helped the National team post a very fast overall time of 3:01.52 (the team included Joel Milburn, Mark Ormrod and Sean Wroe. Unfortunately he didn’t go on and represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics later in the year, but did manage to represent Australia at the 2006 World Junior Championships (400m and 4x400m) and 2007 World Championships (4x400m). At the end of his career his fastest time in the individual 400m was only 45.69s (2008), aged only 20. He ranks 12th (46.23s) on the Australian U/20 400m list (as at September 2020).

Current Australian Records – Relays

Australian Open Records

Event Performance Athlete Date
High Jump 2.36m Tim Forsyth 2nd March 1997
2.36m Brandon Starc 26th August 2018
Pole Vault 6.06m (i) Steve Hooker 7th February 2009
Long Jump 8.54m (+1.7 m/s) Mitchell Watt 29th July 2011
Triple Jump 17.46m (+1.7 m/s) Ken Lorraway 7th August 1982

Australian Open Records

Event Performance Athlete Date
Shot Put 21.35m Damien Birkinhead 28th August 2017
Discus Throw 68.20m Benn Harradine 10th May 2013
Hammer Throw 79.29m Stuart Rendell 6th July 2002
Javelin Throw 89.02m Jarrod Bannister 29th February 2008

Men’s All-Time Ranking Lists – Relays

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