New South Welshman Ed Trippas has pulled off a last second miracle, posting an Olympic 3000m steeplechase qualifier, on the final day of the Olympic qualification window. Ed produced the run of his life, to clock 8:19.60 to launch himself to number 3 on the Australian all-time list, well inside the Olympic qualifying time of 8:22.00.
All-Time Australian Top-7 Rankings List Men’s Steeplechase
Shaun Creighton: 8.16.22
Youcef Abdi: 8.16.36
Ed Trippas: 8:19.60
Kerry O’Brien: 8.21.98
Matthew Clarke: 8:22.62
Peter Nowill: 8.22.85
In Castellón, Spain, Ed managed a gigantic PB of just over six seconds (8:26.25 from the Portland Track Festival in May). At just 23-years- of-age, Ed has made some serious improvements over the last few months, dumping 13 seconds off his old PB of 8:31.09 at the Australian champs earlier this year in Sydney (March).
Ed is the only Australian to run the 8:22 Olympic standard. James Nipperess (the Australian champ), Matthew Clarke (8:22.62 a few weeks ago in Townsville), and Ben Buckingham (8:24.39 a month ago) – have all had serious cracks at qualifying. Three of the 10 all-time fastest times have been run so far in 2021, an indication that the bullish trend we are seeing in our 800,1500 and 5000m events, is holding true for the 3000m steeple as well. Congrats Ed, Nipper, Matthew and Ben; much more to come from all four…..