Three Australian indoor records and a best on record were recorded in the United States.
Ollie Hoare set an Olympic qualifier over 1500m, indoors, in winning the New Balance Grand Prix in New York in 3:32.35.
“I love running indoors, even though I’m an Australian,” said Hoare, 24, who moved to seventh on the world indoor all-time list.
1 Samuel Tefera 3:31.04 2019 2 Hicham El Guerrouj 3:31.18 1997 3 Yomif Kejelcha 3:31.58 2019 4 Haile Gebrselassie 3:31.76 1998 5 Jakob Ingebrigtsen 3:31.80 2021 6 Laban Rotich 3:32.11 1998 7 Oliver Hoare 3:32.34 2021 8 Daniel Kipchirchir Komen 3:33.08 2005 9 Deresse Mekonnen 3:33.10 2010 10 Venuste Niyongabo 3:33.17 1998
“I just really wanted to run under that Olympic standard (3:35.00) today.”
Hoare’s performance makes him the fourth fastest Australian all-time, regardless of surface, behind outdoor marks by Stewart McSweyn (3:30.51), Ryan Gregson (3:31.06) and Simon Doyle (3:31.96). Incredibly, and foreboding for the future, it is over a second-and-a-half faster than his outdoor personal best of 3:34.63.
Charlie Hunter set two Australian records in the space of 24 hours in Arkansas. First, he improved his own mile record to 3:53.49, from the 3:54.54 he set a fortnight ago. Less expectedly, he backed up with a negative split 1:45.59 800m run (53.28s through 400m) to take two seconds off Joseph Deng‘s previous mark of 1:47.27 set in 2019.
Four other Australians broke four minutes for the mile indoors over the weekend: Pat Tiernan 3:56.82 in winning in Seattle, and Jack Anstey winning in 3:58.85 in Ames, Iowa, followed in second by Adam Fogg (3:59.03) in his maiden sub-4 minute clocking. Also breaking the four minute barrier for the first time was Jackson Sharp (3:59.25) in winning in Iowa City, Iowa. Fogg and Sharp become the 75th and 76th Australians to break four minutes for the mile.
Morgan McDonald ran a huge negative split, with a 4:02 second mile, placing third in the two-mile in New York in 8:14.92. The two-mile distance is rarely run by Australians, but McDonald’s run is the fastest on record indoors by an Australian, bettering Kerry O’Brien‘s 1971 run on 8:19.2, which was a world record at the time.
Action in Australia centered on the ACT Championships, where Liz Clay moved to second on the Australian all-time list in the 100m hurdles. Clay clocked 12.72 seconds (1.3) to equal the AIS Track & Field Centre track record set by Sally Pearson in 2008. Behind her were personal and season bests: Celeste Mucci breaking 13 seconds for the first time with 12.98 seconds, Abbie Taddeo lowering her personal best to 13.05 seconds (after having set a 13.18 second PB in the heats) and Michelle Jenneke continuing to improve race after race with a 13.16 second run.
In the field Brooke Stratton continued her good form with a season’s best jump of 6.72m, bettering her 6.71m set on the same track in December.
The ‘blue ribband’ race, the 100m, saw a dominant victory for Rohan Browning in 10.27 seconds ahead of Jack Hale (10.44) and Jake Penny (10.49). Bree Masters defended her women’s title in 11.57 seconds, but it was Celeste Mucci with the fastest time of the meet, with a 11.47 second personal best in the semi-finals. Mucci did not line up for the final.
VMC #4, including Victorian Mile Championships
Mile Lauren Ryan 4:34.75, Sarah Billings 4:37.27, Georgia Hansen 4:37.42, Abbey Caldwell 4:38.04
Mile Matthew Hussey 4:09.94
Victorian 5000m Championships
5000m Ellie Pashley 16:03.75
5000m Tim Vincent 14:07.03
100m (-0.3) Bree Masters 11.57 [SF w1.0 11.54], Monique Quirk 11.64 [SF w1.1 11.54], Ebony Lane 11.71 [SF w1.8 11.48], Tamara Hotten 11.80 [SF: w2.3 11.57. Heat: w1.9 11.63], Sophia Fighera 11.83 [SF w1.1 11.61]. SF: (1.8) Celeste Mucci 11.47, Abbie Taddeo 11.63; (1.1) Kristie Edwards 11.74. Heat: (2.3) Nana Owusu 11.56.
200m (-3.0) Monique Quirk 23.84 [SF w-1.2 23.77] SF: (-0.7) Riley Day 23.24; (0.3) Bree Masters 23.58, Sophia Fighera 23.90
400m Bendere Oboya 52.50, Anneliese Rubie 53.07, Sarah Carli 53.31, Ellie Beer 53.38
800m Keely Small 2:01.98, Catriona Bisset 2:02.16
100m H (1.3) Liz Clay 12.72 (#2 Australian all-time, Olympic qualifier, =Track Record), Celeste Mucci 12.98, Abbie Taddeo 13.05, Michelle Jenneke 13.16, Brianna Beahan 13.35, Carla Takchi 13.92
400m H Lauren Boden 56.65, Sara Klein 57.27
Long Jump Brooke Stratton 6.72m (0.8), Delta Amidzovski 6.25m (0.8)
Triple Jump Desleigh Owusu 13.08m (1.0), Aliyah Parker 13.02m (0.0)
High Jump Emily Whelan 1.83m
Discus Jade Lally 54.44m, Taryn Gollshewsky 54.07m
Javelin Kelsey-Lee Barber 55.93m, Jess Bell 50.92m
Hammer Alexandra Hulley 62.80m
100m (0.4) Rohan Browning 10.27, Jack Hale 10.44, Jake Penny 10.49 [SF w-0.1 10.39] B-Final: (0.2) Alexander Hartmann 10.51. SF: (0.5) Joshua Azzopardi 10.52, Fejiro Omuvwie 10.59
200m (-1.8) Alexander Hartmann 21.14, Alex Beck 21.24 [SF w-1.2 21.15]. SF (-1.2) Abdoulie Asim 21.18
400m Alex Beck 45.92, Tyler Gunn 46.62, Ian Halpin 46.74, Keegan Bell 47.32 R2: Louis Stenmark 46.80, Marcus Guglielmino 47.09, Jamee Smith 47.11, Kevin Rasool 47.28
800m Tom Palfrey 1:48.26
110m H (0.4) Nicholas Hough 13.71, Nicholas Andrews 14.24, Ryan Neale 14.79, Jascha Coetser 14.84
400m H Angus Proudfoot 51.57, Fraser Symons 51.89, Mark Fokas 52.45, Thomas Hunt 52.61
Long Jump Chris Mitrevski 7.92m (-1.9), William Freyer 7.62m (0.8), Joshua Cowley 7.54m (1.7)
Triple Jump Connor Murphy 16.15m (0.1), Aiden Hinson 15.86m (0.0), Shemiah James 15.64m (0.9), Ebuka Okpala 15.14m (2.1) [15.05m (0.7)]
High Jump Marco Fassinotti (ITA) 2.22m, Sean Szalek 2.10m, Jono Titmarsh 2.10m
Javelin Cameron McEntyre 75.59m
Randal Tyson Track Centre, Fayetteville, Arkansas
12-13 February 2021
800m (i) Charlie Hunter 1:45.59 (Australian indoor record)
Mile (i) Cooper Teare (USA) 3:50.39, 3rd Charlie Hunter 3:53.49 (Australian indoor record) [1500m en route: 3:36.94]
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, New York USA
13 February 2021
1500m Oliver Hoare 3:32.35 (Australian indoor record, Olympic qualifying standard)
2-mile Justyn Knight (CAN) 8:13.92, 3rd Morgan McDonald 8:14.92 (Australian best on record) [3000m en route: 7:44.60]
Queensland 3000m Championships
3000m Cara Feain-Ryan 9:21.59
3000m Callum Davies 7:59.51, Jude Thomas 8:00.07
Iowa State Classic
Lied Recreation Centre, Ames, Iowa
13 February 2021
Mile (i) Jack Anstey 3:58.85, Adam Fogg 3:59.03
Hawkeye B1G Invitational
Iowa Recreational Building, Iowa City, Iowa
13 February 2021
Mile (i) Jackson Sharp 3:59.25
Washington Indoor Invitational
13 February 2021
Mile (i) Patrick Tiernan 3:56.82
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