Pearson, Hooker headline Australia athletics team
SYDNEY -- World 100-meter hurdles champion Sally Pearson, defending Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker and 2011 world championships long jump silver medalist Mitchell Watt headline Australia's athletics team for the London Olympics.
Sprinter Melissa Breen also snatched a place on the 54-member team announced Wednesday despite missing the automatic qualifying standard by .002 of a second.
The 21-year-old Breen will compete in the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay after posting a series of quick times in her hunt for selection.
The athletics squad is Australia's second-largest for an Olympic games.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
MORE OLYMPICS HEADLINES
- Durant, USA pull away from Spain to win gold
- Clippers' Paul has successful surgery on thumb
- Schmitt back to school after Olympic stardom
- Olympian Raisman, Poland Spring sign deal