The weekend belonged to Olympian Ollie Hoare who demolished the Australian indoor 5000m record by over 27 seconds with a time of 13:09.96 for the win at Boston University, becoming only the fourth Australian man in history to break 13:10 over the distance.
The performance is Ollie’s second Australian indoor record of 2021, after stopping the clock in 3:32.35 over 1500m in February.
His form puts him in a great position for the World Athletics Indoor Championships that are set to be held in Belgrade from 18th-20th March.
Ollie has already qualified for both the 1500m and 5000m for the championships.
Ollie impressed at his first major championship appearance when making the final of the 1500m in Tokyo, with the experience likely to bolster his confidence ahead of a blockbuster 2022 where the 24-year-old may have options across a range of events and major meets – having now secured a 5000m qualifier for the 2022 World Athletics Championships.
Meanwhile, it was Olympian and fellow NSWIS athlete, Eloise Wellings who stole the show at the Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10k event, winning in a time of 32:28 in slippery conditions.
“I ran my first marathon 9 weeks ago in London and I wasn’t sure if there was enough recovery time to do this one, but I pulled up really well,” she said.
“I’m just really excited that road races are back on in Australia and Sydney, it’s just so great to see everyone out here having a great day.”
Article credit Lachlan Moorhouse, Athletics Australia
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