Commonwealth Games champion and Australian record holder, Kathryn Mitchell, has won the Bislett Games Javelin in Oslo overnight. Mitchell showed why she is one of the world’s best javelin throwers, launching 56.07m to take the win by over 3 metres. The throw was far off her best, but the win is the win.
Ryan Gregson, the Australian 1500m record holder, had a solid hitout in the Dream Mile. Gregson clocked 3:53.51, just over a second off his personal best time from 2010.
Perfect late burst from Marcin Lewandowski
He wins the #OsloDL 🇳🇴 Dream Mile in a Polish national record 3:52.34 pic.twitter.com/Z7YG1MYFRr
— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) June 14, 2019
Gregson is certainly in good form and with under four months until the Doha world championships he has time on his side to find that extra gear. Aussie Jordy Williamsz was the rabbit.
In the men’s 3000m Stewart McSweyn and Matthew Ramsden stepped up against a tough as hell field. McSweyn managed a credible 6th in 7:38.22, 4 seconds off his best set last year. West Aussie Ramsden clocked another PB lowering his time from 7:52 to 7:45.68 for 12th position. The tall flowing athlete they call ‘Rambo’ already has a Doha qualifer for the men’s 1500m, and is obviously in the form of his life.
The women’s and men’s 800m events saw one Aussie in each. Carley Thomas, in her first diamond league outing managed 9th in 2:05.78, well off her season and personal best times. However, Thomas got tangled up behind a fall at the bell, significantly hampering her path. Thomas, Australia’s 5th best junior of all-time over 800m, will no doubt put this down as great experience, at this very early stage of her international career.
Australian 800m record holder Joseph Deng is still in search of the scintilating form that last year saw him become the fastest Aussie 2-lapper in history. Deng, with the fastest PB leading into the race finished in last position in 1:48.79.
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It might be worth mentioning there was a big pile up at the bell in the women’s 800m which Carley Thomas was stuck behind…!