If Ben Offereins is on the track, beware the back-straight.
The Sydney-born sprinter was touted as the country’s next big-thing when in 2005, still as a junior, he claimed the national 400m title.
Injuries robbed him of a chance to build on that success, but the Mandurah/Rockingham runner refused to lay down and he emerged from a turbulent period better than ever, making a late qualification for Australia’s 4x400m team for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.
The Berlin Championships were the making of Offereins as he put in the run of his life to rescue Australia from last place, lifting them into the final, before replicating the sprint in the medal race to help win Australia’s first world relay medal – Bronze.
Offereins held his form and remained unbeaten throughout the domestic season that followed, clinching the 2010 National Title, making the Delhi Commonwealth Games final in the individual 400m and was a squad member of Australia’s 4x400m Gold Medal performance in Delhi.
Fulfilling his Olympic dreams by representing his country in London 2012, Offereins was also selected in Australia’s World Championships team of 2011 and 2013 in Daegu and Moscow respectively.
Offereins’ personal best of 44.86 seconds over the one-lap distance remains the seventh fastest time by an Australian in history.
- 7th fastest Australian over 400m (44.86 seconds – Sydney, 2010)
- World Championships Bronze Medallist, 4x400m Relay (Berlin, 2009)
- Olympian, 4x400m Relay (London, 2012)
- Dual National Champion, 400m (Perth, 2010 & Melbourne, 2005)
- Triple World Championships Representative, 4x400m Relay (Moscow, 2013; Daegu, 2011 & Berlin, 2009)
- Commonwealth Games Finalist, 400m (Delhi, 2010)
- Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Squad Member, 4x400m Relay (Delhi, 2010)