Off the back of an injury free domestic season Australian 1500m record holder Ryan Gregson heads to the northern hemisphere full of confidence as he targets a spot in the world championships final this August in Beijing.
“Hopefully by the end of August when the world championships roll around I’m still healthy and, the big game is to make the final, that’s my number one goal for this season and I think I’ll be able to do it, Gregson said.”
Having recently relocated to Melbourne and under the guidance of Melbourne Track Club coach Nic Bideau, Gregson will start his international campaign at this weekend’s IAAF world relays in the Bahamas as a member of the distance medley relay team; alongside Ballarat cross country relay teammate Collis Birmingham.
“It was a fun trip last year, we came fourth in the 4x800m and 4x1500m, we just missed medals last time, this year it’s a 4x800m, not sure I’m running that one, but, I’m definitely running the DMR, the distance medley relay on the Sunday and, we have pretty strong teams again.”
“Australia – even though the last few years we haven’t been around the medals at the world championships and Olympics, we’ve got pretty good depth in distance running, so that’s why we do so well and, we got two fourth places last year so hopefully we get around there again and who knows, could scrape a bronze medal, Gregson said.”
For the first time in a number of years Gregson has enjoyed a block of injury free training and preparation for the increased competition program over the next couple of months leading up to the world championships.
“It has probably taken me longer to try and get to this level as I’m running a lot less, about 110 to 120km a week, when I was younger I was running a lot more. I pretty much had five years of injuries where I was cross training more then I was actually running.”
“Now I’ve had about four months injury free and running at a level that’s not an incredible amount of training but it seems to be achievable and I’ve been able to be reasonably consistent.”
After a strong showing at Athletics Victoria’s opening XCR’15 round at Jells Park as a member of the Ballarat winning relay team, Gregson will use races in the USA and Europe to qualify and prepare for the world championships.
“I’ll do a couple of mile races, the Prefontaine Classic and then go to Europe and do the mile race in Oslo at the Diamond League there. This year you can qualify off the mile, so it’s about 3.53 and half which is equivalent to that 3.36.20.”
“I ran well in Sydney, 3.36 point five, it’s one of the quickest I’ve ever run this early in the season, so usually I get better and better and, hopefully by July I’ll really be hitting my straps and at Jells Park showed I’m strong and, hopefully keep moving forward with no injuries and I’ll be ok, Gregson said.”
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