The most unusual European athletics season since World War II rolls on for Stewart McSweyn, Matthew Ramsden, Ryan Gregson and Nicola McDermott on Thursday at the Rome Diamond League meet.
The quartet were in action overnight in Zagreb, Croatia at the 70th Hanzekovic Memorial.
McSweyn showed he is a force to be reckoned with on the global circuit, dismantling the field in the 1500m when the pacemaker dropped out at halfway. He went on to record victory by two seconds in a fast 3:32.17, his fourth fastest performance ever.
In third was Matthew Ramsden, who set his fifth personal best in six races over the past 27 days. His 3:34.83 moves him to #12 on the Australian all-time list.
National record holder, Ryan Gregson, clocked a season’s best in finishing fifth in 3:35.22.
In the high jump, Nicola McDermott bowed out the of the competition at 1.93m after successfully clearing 1.90m to finish equal second.
In the 800m, Peter Bol finished 9th in 1:45.94, with Joseph Deng just behind in 1:46.11.
All four will be in action at the Rome Diamond League this Thursday (Friday morning Australian time). McSweyn, Ramsden and Gregson will line up in the 3000m, with McDermott in action again in the high jump.
Our tipping competition is back!
Pick the performances of our Australian athletes at the Rome Diamond League to win bragging rights, as well as a $30 voucher to the Inside Athletics Shop.
The task at hand for the tipping competition was to tip the performance of the four Australians in action, with the lowest cumulative difference between the guess and the actual results winning.
And the winner is… Earl O’Brien.
Earl had a score of 18.91 from his tips of:
- 7:43 for Stewart McSweyn (a 14.98 difference)
- 7:48 for Matthew Ramsden (a 0.08 difference)
- 7:54 for Ryan Gregson (a 0.35 difference)
- 1.92m for Nicola McDermott (a difference of 3)
Minor places went to Wayne James (19.71) and Ryan Antidormi (20.71).
Stay tuned in October for our next monthly tipping competition.