Seven Australians have travelled to Monaco for the Monaco Diamond League. To be held on Friday August 14, it is traditionally one of the highlights of the track and field calendar. With the majority of the season cancelled due to Covid-19, Monaco looks to provide the world’s best with a rare shot at elite competition.

 

Ryan Gregson first raced in Monaco exactly  ten years ago, where he broke Simon Doyle’s Australian 1500m record. The classy miler has been at it year-in-year-out ever since, cementing himself as one of the most consistent milers of the past decade. Gregson is obviously fit, last week he won the Queensland 10,000m title, kicking home over the last lap. Gregson will be up against Timothy Cheruiyot, the 2019 world champ, as well as two of the Ingebrigtsen brothers, among others.

Ryan Gregson Monaco

 

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Queensland 10,000m champion 🥇 📸 @caseysims_

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Likewise, Genevieve Gregson also competed at last week’s Queensland 10,000m champs, completing the family duties, walking away with the victory. Gen will line up in the women’s 5000m alongside Jessica Hull, the former NCAA outdoor 1500m champ and 2020 Australian 5000m champ.

 

Australia’s 800m stars, Peter Bol and Joseph Deng, trained by well-known Melbourne based coach Justin Rinaldi, have escaped Melbourne lockdowns and look to the traditionally fast track of Monaco to salvage their 2020 seasons. The boys look fit, check out this cool video below.

 

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@josephdeng01 and @pbol800 testing their fitness before heading over to Europe. @fast8trackclub

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And lastly, Australia’s leading 5000m runner, Stewart McSweyn, is lining up in the men’s 5000m against a star studded field. The huge talent from King Island, Tasmania, already has a 13:05 to his name. But few doubt he can go quicker, when the timing is right. West Australian Matthew ‘Rambo’ Ramsden will act as the rabbit. Rambo is in fine form himself, clocking a 13:27 5000m on a windy Perth track a few weeks ago.  Talk of a world record attempt has been circling, it will be one hell of a race to watch.

 

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