5000m world and Rio 2016 qualifier for Robinson

Ballarat based Brett Robinson is the latest Australian to secure a 5000m world championships and Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying standard after stopping the clock at 13:21.23 at the fifth leg of the IAAF Diamond League in Birmingham, England over the weekend.

“When I talk you should listen. We did not come here to take part,” Robinson tweeted post-race.

24-year-old Robinson produced his second best ever 5000m and a seasons best to finish fifth in a race that was split after the first kilometre and, recorded a time two seconds under the 2015 Beijing qualifying standard.

Fellow Ballarat middle distance runner Collis Birmingham finished seventh in a time of 13:36.17.

Old Melburnians’ Sam Baines improved on last month’s 13.77 at the Beijing IAAF World Challenge to clock 13.69 (wind: +1.5) and finish seventh in Birmingham, edging closer to the world championships qualifying time of 13.47.

Glenhuntly race walker Rhydian Cowley clocked a personal best of 1:23.27 to finish 28th at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in La Coruna, Spain.

Ringwood hurdler Danielle Shaw will head to next month’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia off the back of clocking an impressive 100m hurdles (76.2cm) pre-departure time of 13.71 at A.C Robertson Field on Saturday.

Shaw along with Victorian athletes Ned Weatherly, Kyle Swan, Jemima Montag, Amelia Mazza-Downie and Phillipa Hajdasz will head to Brisbane this Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 for a pre-departure camp with the rest of the world youth team and support staff ahead of leaving for the USA on Tuesday 7 July.

The team will spend four nights in Miami before making their way to Cali, Colombia to compete from Wednesday 15 – Sunday 19 July.

The next round of the IAAF Diamond League heads to Oslo, Norway on Thursday 11 June. Click here for a full calendar of events.

Zatopek:10 winner Robinson on track to continue impressive form in Birmingham

Brett Robinson is determined to continue his impressive Australian Athletics Tour form when he duels in the men’s 5000m at Round 5 of the IAAF Diamond League in Birmingham (GBR) this Sunday 7 June.

The national 10,000m champion after storming home for victory at the Zatopek:10 in December, the 24-year-old backed up the performance early in 2015 with wins in the men’s 5000m at the Briggs Athletics Classic and IAAF Melbourne World Challenge before holding his own against the best middle distance runners from across the globe at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

“I couldn’t have had a much better start to the year. I felt like I was a heavy hitter during the Australian season, being able to get a few good wins while doing a high work load to make sure that I’m fit and running well when it counts in August. It gave me confidence of what is to come in the next few months,” Robinson said.

“I have been training in Mt Laguna recently which is about forty-five minutes outside of San Diego. We had a really good group up there, we were just a bit unlucky with the weather this year, but I think all of the American altitude bases were hit. Unfortunately, I was a little bit sick before getting there and it affected my training for the first few weeks. I wasn’t back to where I wanted to be until last week but I have been able to get good work done since Ostrava and I feel like I am back to my normal winning self.”

Robinson’s start follows an impressive showing from his Melbourne Track Club training partners at the Prefontaine Classic last weekend, with Collis Birmingham (Vic, 5000m) and Zoe Buckman (Vic, 1500m) both crossing the line in times quicker than the required qualification standard for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing (CHN).

“Eugene last weekend was good for the group, Collis and Zoe both ran qualifiers after missing some of the past year with injury which was great. Ryan Gregson also ran a pretty decent race and will only improve from there. I am ready to do the same, to run well, and hopefully the conditions will allow me to run fun fast and be very competitive. At the end of the day I didn’t come here to take part, I came here to take over,” Robinson added.

“I think the main different when you go to a European race is that you know that ninety percent of the time there is going to be good pace that will give you the chance to run quick. These races are always highly competitive and you have to learn how to compete with the best in the world if you plan to one day be one of the best with them.”

Beijing 2015 will, pending his selection, provide Robinson with the chance to advance on his start in the men’s 5000m in Moscow (RUS) two years ago. Despite his result being better than he could have hoped, his performance in the final after progressing through the heat convincingly is something he is determined to improve upon.

“I learned so much in 2013 at the World Championships. I exceeded everyone’s expectations, including my own, while I was there. It was a great experience and I now know what it does take to get through the heat and into the final. I wasn’t good enough mentally once I got to the final. I felt like the job was done and didn’t turn to the final ready to compete. This year I’ll turn up for the heat and then again for the final. I want to be one of the heavy hitters of 2015,” Robinson said.

Competition in Birmingham (GBR) will also welcome Birmingham (5000m) and Buckman (1500m), as well as Olympic champion Sally Pearson (Qld, 100m hurdles), Commonwealth champion Dani Samuels (NSW, discus) and Madeline Heiner (NSW), who is enjoying career best form with personal bests in the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m this season. All of Pearson, Samuels and Heiner will also start at the Golden Gala in Rome (ITA) on Thursday.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT) will open her international season in the women’s javelin this weekend, as Heidi See (NSW) looks to edge closer to the women’s 1500m qualifier for the IAAF World Championships after improving her personal best in the event only days ago.

The IAAF Diamond League then moves to Oslo (NOR), with Glasgow 2014 starters Brittany McGowan (Qld, 800m), Melissa Duncan (Vic, 1500m) and Emily Brichacek (ACT, 5000m), amongst others, set to start.

 June 4: IAAF Diamond League (Round 4) – Rome (ITA)

100m hurdles: Sally Pearson (Qld)
3000m steeplechase: Madeline Heiner (NSW)
Discus throw: Dani Samuels (NSW)

For more information on the IAAF Diamond League, including entry lists and event timetables, please click here.

June 4: Adrian Martinez Classic – Concord (USA)

Mile: David McNeill (Vic), Genevieve LaCaze (Qld)

June 6: IAAF World Race Walking Challenge – La Coruna (ESP)

20km walk: Dane Bird-Smith (Qld)

June 6: Music City Distance Carnival – Nashville (USA)

800m: Brittany McGowan (Qld), Hugh Nicklason (Tas)

5000m: Emily Brichacek (ACT)

June 6: New Balance Twilight Series – Boston (USA)

1500m: Michael Roeger (SA), Deon Kenzie (Tas)

June 7: IAAF Diamond League (Round 5) – Birmingham (GBR)

1500m: Zoe Buckman (Vic)
5000m: Brett Robinson (Vic), Collis Birmingham (Vic)
100m hurdles: Sally Pearson (Qld)
3000m steeplechase: Madeline Heiner (NSW)
Discus throw: Dani Samuels (NSW)

For more information on the IAAF Diamond League, including entry lists and event timetables, please click here.

June 8: Harry Jerome Classic – Vancouver (CAN)

1500m: Heidi See (NSW)

June 8: Josef Odlozil Memorial Meet – Prague (CZE)

Javelin: Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)

June 10-13: 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships – Eugene (USA)

For more information on this event, please click here.

June 10: Victorian International Track Classic – Victoria (CAN)

1500m: Heidi See (NSW)

June 11: IAAF Diamond League (Round 6) – Oslo (NOR)

800m: Brittany McGowan (Qld)
1500m: Zoe Buckman (Vic), Melissa Duncan (Vic)
5000m: Emily Brichacek (ACT)
Mile: Ryan Gregson (NSW)

For more information on the IAAF Diamond League, including entry lists and event timetables, please click here.


June 12: American Milers High Performance Meet – Indianapolis (USA)
1500m: Emily Brichacek (ACT), Hugh Nicklason (Tas)

June 13: IAAF Diamond League (Round 7) – New York (USA)

100m hurdles: Sally Pearson (Qld)

3000m steeplechase: Genevieve LaCaze (Vic)

Discus throw: Dani Samuels (NSW)


For more information on the IAAF Diamond League, including entry lists and event timetables, please click here.


June 14: Portland Track Festival – Portland (USA)

5000m: David McNeill (Vic)


June 14: City of London Road Mile – London (GBR)

Mile: Zoe Buckman (Vic), Collis Birmingham (Vic)


June 14: Mohammed VI d’Athletisme – Rabat (MAR)

800m: Selma Kajan (NSW)


June 25: Sollentuna GP – Sollentuna (SWE)

800m: Alex Rowe (Vic), Jordan Williamsz (Vic)
1500m: Sam McEntee (WA)
Javelin: Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)


June 27: Bauhaus Gala – Mannheim (GER)

Pole vault: Alana Boyd (Qld), Nina Kennedy (WA), Liz Parnov (WA)

June 27: International Meeting di Nivelles – Nivelles (BEL)

800m: Joshua Ralph (NSW)
1500m: Melissa Duncan (Vic), Brittany McGowan (Qld)

June 27: British Milers’ Club – Watford (GBR)

800m: Luke Mathews (Vic)

June 28: Finnish Athletics Carnival – Pihtipudas – (FIN)

Javelin: Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)

June 30: 20th European Athletics Classic – Velenje (SLO)

200m: Ella Nelson (NSW)

Diver and Wightman in Ballarat, Buckman and Birmingham qualifiers, Birkinhead wins in Belgium, Tanimoto line honours in NZ

World championship bound marathon star Sinead Diver maintained her strangle hold on the women’s XCR’15 Series with back-to-back wins at the round three 15km Lake Wendouree race in Ballarat on Saturday.

38-year-old Diver was made to work hard for an eighth successive XCR individual victory in a time of 52:04 as Frankston’s Gemma Maini looked in good shape with two kilometres to go to claim silver in 52:26.

“Today was a tough race, Gemma, myself and Virginia (Moloney) stuck together until eight or ten kilometres and then Gemma made a break for it around 13km and I did all could to finish strong”, Diver said.

“I didn’t panic but there was a point where I though Gemma has got the better of me at this race, she seemed pretty strong and I had a look across at her and she seemed very much in control and she did get ahead of me for a bit, but, I saw that I was catching her around 12km mark and I knew I had more in the tank and put the foot down and just went for it,” Diver said.

Collingwood’s Moloney continues to impress early on in the XCR’15 Series after backing up her Lardner Park third place to claim bonze in 53:08 in Ballarat.

Geelong regions Nicholas Wightman continued his winning ways by taking line honours for the second time in 2015 in a time of 45:49 ahead of Box Hill’s Stephen Kelly who is working back from an injury interrupted 2014 to claim second in 46:01.

As the pace was on early, Wightman selected to sit in the second group that included Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon representative Liam Adams.

“It’s a bit different (to Lardner Park) I’ve done a bit more training around the Barwon River for preparation for this on the road – I felt good today,” Wightman said.

“It was pretty fast from the start, the last lap ended up was just the four of us, Brady (Threlfall), Josh (Harris), Kelly and myself.

“Steve took over the last probably 2km and I took over Steve in the last kilometre,” Wightman said.

Frankston’s Harris rounded out the men’s top three in a time of 46:18 to make it his second podium finish for the XCR’15 Series.

Early numbers indicate it was another strong round of XCR racing with 830 runners taking to Lake Wendouree a 31.7% growth on last years event. That included a growth of 23.7% in the open women’s field and the biggest open men’s race since 1989.

Aboard it was a successful return to the track for Victorian based Zoe Buckman who claimed the selection standard for the 2015 Beijing world championships in August.

26-year-old Buckman showed no signs of the calf strain that forced her to withdraw for the IAAF World Relays, crossing the finish line in 4:06.30 behind American Jenny Simpson who set a world lead of 4:00.98 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.

Ballarat’s Collis Birmingham also claimed his stake for a spot on the Australian Flame team with a qualifying time of 13:17.49 in the 5000m at track town.

VIS athlete Damien Birkinhead was on the winners list in Belgium with his fourth round attempt of 20.17m a good start to his European summer at the Memorial Leon Buyle meet in Oordegem.

Doncaster distance runner Hirotaka Tanimoto lived up to his pre-race favouritism by claiming line honours at the 2015 Christchurch Marathon in a time of 2:24:13 ahead of three time winner Phil Costley who finished in 2:27:27.

XCR regulars Stephen Dinneen placed 9th in the 67:52 and Tarli Bird 7th in 80:32 in the men’s and women’s half marathon on Christchurch.

2014 world junior representative Zak Patterson (04:14.74) followed the path of training partner and 2014 winner Jeff Riseley to claim the popular Leonora Golden Gift mile race ahead of fellow Victorian Luke Mathews (04:15.76).

Box Hill’s Courtney Powell was the best of the Victorian’s in the women’s mile race finishing third in a time of 05:02.33 with world championships hopeful Eloise Wellings taking line honours in 04:53.83.