2014 Zatopek:10 winner Brett Robinson has his eyes firmly on the 5000m world championship final in Beijing this August. The Ballarat based runner had his final domestic hit out last month at XCR’15 round one before heading to the USA for a month long preparation for a busy European season.
“Focus is on the 5000m for sure, training for a month in the America at altitude and then I’ll head over to Europe and got a couple of 5km planned and hopefully get the time (13:23.00), Robinson said.”
Competing in an Athletics Victoria winter club competition for the first time, Robinson enjoyed the experience off the back of a tough race at the world cross country championships in China.
“I felt a bit rusty, been training pretty hard so I was a little bit flat, it was good, it was a solid time – It’s more about training and getting ready for the track season but it was good to get Ballarat the win.”
“My last race was actually world cross so had a bit of a practise and that was 12km over ups and downs, it felt fine, this was little bit easy than world cross.”
Robinson made the most of the selector’s decision to include him in the Australia team by finishing 28th on a tough Guiyang course.
“I stuffed up at the trial, it just wasn’t my day and I had a very bad day, I think maybe the heat got to me when I was already a little bit flat. I was lucky enough that the selectors had faith in me and picked me from my Zatopek:10 and some other results and hopefully I showed I was good enough to be there.”
A popular event with those who attend it has caused debate with a number of European nations electing no to send athletes.
“It is a shame the Europeans aren’t going, just because you get beaten you can’t be scared and not turn up. It’s a great event and a lot of people run well at cross country and go on to run good track seasons, in 2013 I finished 29th and went on to make the world championships final in the 5km.”
“I think it’s very important for everyone, it’s a stepping stone and makes sure you get your fitness right.”
“Sending a full team is awesome, its great experience, the juniors get up there and shows what it takes to be one of the best in the world. They may get flogged but it’s a learning experience and they will get better from it no matter where they finish.”
With the 2016 Rio Olympic Games edging closer and qualifying times now released Robinson is focused on making the Australia Olympic team.
“There a little easier then world championships for the 5km so (13:25) I’m confident that if everything goes right I’ll be in that team as well.”
Follow Brett on Twitter at @brettrobinson91