Mullumbimby runner Kurt Mulcahy finished third in what was billed as Australia’s most eagerly awaited 400m event, at last night’s Sydney Track Classic meet.

Included in the field was history’s second-fastest 100m runner, Asafa Powell, who once clocked 9.72 seconds.

Mulcahy, a member of last year’s Australian team for the World Junior Championships, finished third to Sean Wroe from Melbourne.

Wroe won in 45.28 sec, ahead of Xavier Carter, of the United States, who clocked 45.75.

Mulcahy’s 45.84 put him ahead of Powell in 45.94, with Australia’s Commonwealth champion John Steffensen fifth (45.98).

In the 2007-08 domestic season, Mulcahy competed in the 400m at the Sydney and Melbourne Grand Prix meets, then contested a strong field at the open Nationals to finish 7th (47.27).

He then competed in the Under-20 national titles two weeks later, finishing first in the 400m and 200m.

Following a strong season, he was selected to compete in his second World Junior Championships, in Poland.

Competing in the 400m and 4x400m, he finished an impressive fourth in the individual event, with the relay team missing a place in the final.