Mottram Back From Injury, Running Chiba Ekiden

SYDNEY — Distance runner Craig Mottram will make his return from long-term injury to compete for the Australian team at the Chiba Ekiden relay in Japan next month, according to Athletics Australia.

It will be the Commonwealth Games 5000m silver medallist’s first competition since last November’s Great Australian Run in Melbourne and his first international appearance since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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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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