Luke Mathews has won his first ever race on the international circuit in Oslo (NOR) this morning, with the 20-year-old clocking 3:37.99 to take out the men’s 1500m.
Not to be outdone, Mathews’ was joined on the green and gold highlights reel by Genevieve LaCaze, who ran a 3000m steeplechase personal best, as well as Hamish Peacock (Javelin), Madeline Hills (3000mSC) and Ryan Gregson (Mile), who all delivered results that sit immediately behind their best ever.
Mathews’ start in the men’s national 1500m, a non-Diamond League event, follows a busy year for the national 800m champion that includes consistent podium finishes across 800m and 1500m domestically before earning Rio 2016 selection with his two-lap race win at the Australian Athletics Championships.
He clocked his maiden qualifying mark for the men’s 1500m in Nijmegen (NED) last month before victory today contributed further to his desired nomination in two events for the Olympic Games.
“I really wanted the win today and the plan came together, it worked. I wasn’t following the time too much, but interestingly it’s exactly two second slower than the PB that saw me qualify (in the 1500m) for the Olympic Games,” Mathews said.
“I’m already selected for Rio 2016 in the 800m, but I want the chance to run both events. I didn’t run the 1500m at the Australian Championships and am relying on being nominated for selection after the close of the period in July. I’m based in Teddington between now and then, with a few more races to show where I’m at. The next stop for me is Stockholm next week.”
Peacock’s best mark of 84.25m in the final round of the men’s javelin saw the 25-year-old place 4th behind winner Thomas Roehler (GER, 89.30m), with his series also including marks of 81.86m, 83.84m, 79.48m, 82.90m and 83.47m.
It follows his maiden Olympic Games standard of 83.53m from the Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki (JPN) last month, before a new personal best of 84.39m at an event in his home town of Hobart (Tas) and victory at the Meeting Iberoamericano de Atletismo in Huelva (ESP) last weekend.
Lining up side-by-side in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Hills, who placed 4th, was the first Australian past the post in a season best time of 9:24.73, while LaCaze placed 6th in 9:30.52.
For LaCaze, the time improved upon the then career best she ran in Rabat (MAR) last month. The 26-year-old has impressively lowered her quickest ever time across 800m, 1500m and 5000m in 2016, as well as the steeplechase twice.
Duelling in the Dream Mile, Gregson’s stunning season continued, with the Australian 1500m record holder coming around the chase pack in the closing lap to cross the line fifth in 3:52.59. His start caps off a massive month that also includes Olympic Games standard times of quicker than 3:36.00 in Nijmegen (NED), Rabat (MAR), Rome (ITA) and Birmingham (GBR).
In other results from Round 7 of the IAAF Diamond League in Oslo (NOR):
- Rio 2016 bound one-lap charge Morgan Mitchell (Vic) backed up her women’s 400m personal best from Birmingham (GBR) with a 51.92 run from lane three to place 5th. The race was won by Stephanie McPherson (JAM) in 51.04.
- Competing for the third time in six days, the Olympic champion Sally Pearson (Qld) continued her return to the track in the women’s 100m hurdles with 7th place in 13.14 (w: -0.4), as Brianna Rollins (USA) took line honours in 12.56. Pearson will next compete at the IAAF Diamond League in Stockholm (SWE).
- Brittany McGowan (Qld) crossed the line in 2:03.22 for place 7th in the women’s national 800m, with Selma Kajan (NSW) placing 10th in 2:06.00.
- Stopping the clock in 13:44.51, Brett Robinson (Vic) finished 14th in the men’s 5000m, as Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) reigned supreme in 13:08.34.