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.