They say records are made to be broken. But in the case of Australian track and field, there has been one record that for over four decades remained untouched. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Ralph Doubell won the final of the 800m in a time of 1:44.40 minutes, a world record at the time. Over the years many have tried and failed to better this mark. In July, 2014, 22-year-old Alex Rowe equalled Doubell’s time at the prestigious IAAF Monaco Diamond League event.
It is a welcome reward for Rowe, who has overcome several injury setbacks since he showed extraordinary promise as a junior.
So what’s next for Australia’s rising middle-distance star? Well that’s obvious – breaking the record. And under the guidance of long-time coach Justin Rinaldi (an Australian 800m champion himself), he’s confident he can do so.
“I want to break that 1:44 barrier,” he said in December, 2014. “It’s definitely a goal of mine. I believe that I can achieve it – there isn’t a reason why I can’t if everything goes to plan and we can follow the progression of the last few years.”
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