Olympic Park, 9 December 2010
The man with the fastest time in the world this year, Kenya’s Josphat Menjo, took out the 50th anniversary Zatopek with a dominant run of 27:39.80.
Just beyond halfway Menjo pulled away from the field, extending his lead over defending champion Collis Birmingham and continuing to move away from the field in the race for home. In the late stages of the race Birmingham dropped off the pace, paving the way for Ben St Lawrence (28:05.25) and American Bobby Curtis (28:08.78) to take out the minor places.
In the women’s event, reigning champion Eloise Wellings and 2008 victor Lara Tamsett led the field from the gun and established their dominance early.
With 10 laps to go Wellings made her move, pulling away from Tamsett in a fast and furious charge that proved the decisive break, running away with the win in a new personal best time of 32:08.31 to post the fastest winning time in the event since 2003. Tamsett held on for a 32:32.02 clocking.
Tessa Craig and Linden Hall led the Ondieki junior women’s 3000m from the outset, with Hall kicking away for victory in 9:43.19 for a five second victory.
Brett Robinson took out the De Castella junior men’s 3000m with a classy front running performance, stopping the clock in 8:04.22 ahead of New Zealanders Aaron Pulford (8:11.36) and Cameron Greaves (8:12.53).
James Kaan leads James Nipperess and Nick Toohey in the men’s 1500m but the order would be reversed by the finishing line, with Toohey taking victory in 3:40.41 from Nipperess (3:41.60) and Kaan (3:43.76).