Australian Stewart McSweyn has broken the Oceania Area 3000m Record in Rome overnight.
The race was set up to run fast, with Irishman Sean Tobin taking the pace for the first 4 laps right on the requested 60 seconds a lap. With McSweyn sitting in second, when Tobin dropped out after 1800m, it was Stewart who keep the pace going, with Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo and Norway’s Jakob Ingerbrigsten following behind. INgerbrigsten took the lead with a lap to go with McSweyn fighting on for 3rd.
Stewart McSweyn broke Craig Mottram’s 3000m Area Record. Mottram at one stage held the Area Record from the mile to 5000m. McSweyn now joins a rich history of runners who have held the 3000m record, including Olympic Gold Medallist John Walker, Olympic medallists Rod Dixon and Ron Clarke to name a few.
McSweyn now sits 17th all-time in the 3000m, and this follows his Area 10,000m record from December last year. McSweyn’s coach Nic Bideau, also coached Craig Mottram to the 3000m record, and current Women’s 3000m record holder Benita Willis. The Women’s 3000m record is under threat by Jess Hull, newly minted 1500m Area Record holder.
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