Sally Pearson (nee McClellan) the Beijing 110 metre hurdles Silver Medallist turned her attention to the blue ribbon 100 metre sprint only weeks before New Delhi and won her way through round 1 and then the semi-finals with the best time.
That placed her in lane 7 in the final. One of athletes was unsettled at the mark, raised her hand, and that constituted a first warning for all athletes, with any additional break causing disqualification.
That's what occurred with one athlete, Laura Turner being given the second break electronically, which turned out to be a 0.001 of a second prior to Sally Pearson also leaving the blocks.
Watching the event on television, Sally Pearson appeared to have broken, but the electronics had Turner breaking, who protested and was able to run and have it sorted out later with a protest.
In the event itself, Sally Pearson won, England protested that 0.001 of a second, apparently on the basis that the human eye cannot distinguished 0.001 of a second, and therefore Sally Pearson should also be blotted out of the record books. Officials agreed and a counter appeal by the Australian Team was sent packing. (England's Kathryn Endacott was moved from fourth to a Bronze medal).
Whatever the official record, Sally Pearson's run illustrates that Australian women's sprinting is back in the big time and the same can be said for the men with Aaron Rouge-Serret's fantastic fifth placing in the final.
Aaron Rouge-Serret is only 22. He is strong nuggety lad who got a great start and came home with power to claim fifth, and as the commentators noted, and as seen on television's close up film, almost a bronze medal.
Both these sprinters will give many Australian youngsters, girls and boys, much incentive to peruse athletics.
In my time it was Raylene Boyle (the last Aussie woman to win a Commonwealth Games 100 metre sprint) and Eric Bigby for men's Australian sprinting.