Mottram Back From Injury, Running Chiba Ekiden

Mottram, 29, was forced out of this year’s Berlin world championships with an Achilles tendon problem.

Mottram, who is targeting the 5000m at next year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, will lead off the Australian team at the November 23 meet.

Australia won the men’s event at the Chiba Ekiden meet in 1991, 1992 and 1995, but since 2007 the Chiba Ekiden relay has been staged as a co-gender event.

The annual Chiba relay involves mixed teams of six runners competing over varying distances to cover a full marathon course of 42.195 kilometres (26.2 miles).

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