Domestic track action has recommenced in some Australian states, with strong September performances recorded.
The highlight performance was Tim Vincent lowering his personal best by 7 seconds to break the 29 minute barrier at the Queensland 10,000m titles. Vincent ran 28:59.75 to become the 11th Australian under 29 minutes this year.
With the potential that the Zatopek:10 meet might go ahead in December (pending interstate border restrictions easing), the record established in 2019 of 15 Australians going sub-29 minutes in a calendar year could be under threat.
Australians sub-29 minutes over 10,000m in 2021
At 19 September 2021
TIME NAME VENUE DATE 27:58.75 Morgan McDonald Irvine, USA 14 May 28:00.25 Brett Robinson Box Hill 26 January 28:13.42 Jack Rayner Box Hill 26 January 28:16.86 David McNeill Box Hill 26 January 28:23.94 Ed Goddard Box Hill 26 January 28:35.06 Patrick Tiernan Tokyo, Japan 30 July 28:35.11 Andrew Buchanan Box Hill 26 January 28:35.69 Tom Do Canto Box Hill 26 January 28:45.50 Riley Cocks Box Hill 26 January 28:51.06 Haftu Strintzos Eugene, USA 9 June 28:59.75 Tim Vincent QSAC State 18 September
Liam Boudin was second in 29:31.73 at the Queensland titles, while Jude Thomas lowered the Queensland U20 record to 29:49.57 in finishing third, eclipsing the 29:58.4 ran by Gerrard Barrett on a grass track at Lang Park in 1974.
On the roads in Adelaide, Isaac Heyne took victory in the Fitzy’s 5 5km race in 14 minutes flat, ahead of Olympic steeplechaser Matthew Clarke (14:16). The women’s race was taken out by Caitlan Adams in 15:32.
Road to ’32 Meet #1
10,000m (State Championship) Olga Firsova 34:20.51
100m (1.8) Caleb Law 10.59
10,000m (State Championship) Tim Vincent 28:59.75, Liam Boudin 29:31.73, Jude Thomas 29:49.57 (Queensland U20 Record)
19 September 2021
5km Road Caitlin Adams 15:32, Sarah Eckel 16:16
5km Road Isaac Heyne 14:00, Matthew Clarke 14:16, Max Stevens 14:18
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