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First child for athlete Clinton Hill

Athens Games silver medallist Clinton Hill has become a father for the first time, hours after the opening round of the 400m at the Olympic trials.

First child for athlete Clinton Hill

Athens Games silver medallist Clinton Hill has become a father for the first time, hours after the opening round of the 400m at the Olympic trials.

Athens Games silver medallist Clinton Hill became a father for the first time on Thursday night, less than three hours after the opening round of the 400m at the Olympic track and field selection trials.

Hill, 27, made the decision earlier this week to skip the trials, preferring to remain at home in Canberra with wife Louise.


The couple's first baby had been due last Sunday, but Callum Lachlan Hill did not arrive until 11.50pm on Thursday night.

Hill is still hopeful of making a successful, late bid for one of the three individual 400m spots and a 4x400m relay berth in the Beijing team before the cut-off on June 23.

His chances of doing so will be much clearer after Saturday's 400m final in Brisbane.

In Hill's absence, all of the other fancied runners in a crack field advanced with ease from Thursday night's opening round, including defending Commonwealth champion John Steffensen, Sean Wroe and rising star Joel Milburn.

All three of them have previously bettered the A qualifying standard.

Were two of them to do so again and finish first and second at the trials, Athletics Australia would nominate them for the Beijing team.

But AA is likely to leave at least one berth open, giving hope to new father Hill.

He is a three-time former national champion who was a key member of the team which claimed a shock silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Hill missed much of the previous 18 months with a serious toe injury.

He is currently fifth fastest on the Australian Olympic qualifying list with a B standard of 45.78 set last week in Melbourne.

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