It was a redemptive race for the Australian.
Many of Craig Mottram’s critics have been suggesting that the Australian record-holder’s best days are behind him. But this past weekend at the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic, Mottram, who won a bronze medal in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 World Championships, proved them all wrong.
The Australian track star went on to win the 5000m event in 13:18.58, which qualifies him to represent Australia in the Olympics this summer in London.
Mottram celebrated his win by pumping his fist and uttering a redemptive cry. His final 200m, clocked at 28 seconds, was impressive.
“I’m a passionate athlete, always have been,” he admitted afterwards. Mottram said he will now focus his efforts on preparing for the track at this summer’s Olympics. His best Olympic showing was eighth at the 2004 Games.
At the same event, David Rudisha of Kenya won the 800m race for the third year in a row. The world-record holder’s winning time was 1:44.33. “I wanted to run and feel how the pressure felt,” he said afterwards. “It was good. I’ll go back to Kenya now and train. I know what I have to work on.”
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