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Jon and Bryan from Go Be More podcast speak with Olympian, world record holder, hall of famer, and consummate performer Willie Banks.
Geoffrey Kamworor, the winner of the last three World Half Marathon Championships has been reported to be out of next month’s 2020 edition in Gdynia, Poland. Kamworor was hit by a motorcycle in June while training near Eldoret, Kenya and suffered a fractured tibia. His fracture required an operation...
The one-off event organised by the NN Running Team, Global Sports Communication and SD Correcaminos has been organised with the primary goal of Joshua Cheptegei making a serious bid on Kenenisa Bekele’s world 10,000m record of 26:17.53.
No-one can say they didn’t see it coming. Stewart McSweyn had already made close approaches to Ryan Gregson’s national record for 1500 metres in Stockholm and Zagreb before he tore a chunk off it the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday night (25/9).
It took 24 months, not 18, for McSweyn to find his groove, but in this Covid-19 impacted year, McSweyn has certainly made the most of it.  In a shortened European season. McSweyn has claimed the Australian 3000m record, on September 17 in Rome, and now the men's 1500m record clocking 3:30.51 in Doha.
It may be going a step too far to acclaim Magic Monday, day four of track and field competition at the Sydney Olympics, as perfect. Just as with records, one great day of athletics competition can eventually be surpassed by another. But it would be fair to say that anything better, even by the merest poofteenth, would have been perfect. Topped by Cathy Freeman’s resounding victory in the 400 metres, a victory which, even if for a moment only, united a nation, reconciling Australia with a past it has all too often wished out of existence, the day’s nine finals generated wave after wave of emotion which, as they mutually reinforced each other, grew into a tsunami.
This episode of Inside Running Podcast is proudly brought to you by New Balance. Visit www.newbalance.com.au Julian’s back running, although still feeling it, rehab process and recaps Tour De France. Brady disseminates his pacing notes and rips 200s after borders restrictions lift. Brad struggles with his week and faces a hard realisation. Stewy McSweyn...
Australian altitude training company, BOX Altitude have launched a new range of hypoxic training units to further enhance the simulated altitude training experience and meet the increased demands of at home training audiences.
Sunday night spent reliving those wonderful moments in Sydney as Catherine Freeman took the gold medal in the 400 metres. Wake up Friday morning to learn that Stewart McSweyn has taken down the national record in the 3000 at Rome’s Golden Gala Diamond League. Not a bad week, you’d have to say. Even better when you factor in a national record 4:00.42 for Jessica Hull in Berlin, yet another fast 1500 by McSweyn in Zagreb, winning there in 3:32.17 just a few days before Rome. Or Nicola McDermott getting over 1.95 metres to take third place in the Rome high jump.
A 3:32.17 win for Stewart McSweyn over 1500 in Zagreb on Tuesday night (15 September), was a national record of sorts, the second, 7:28.02 two days later for third over 3000 in Rome, was some sort of national record, taking down no less than the great Craig Mottram by some four seconds.