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Distance Stars Turning Out In Melbourne

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 2, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM UTC
Nick Symmonds will racing against David Rudisha in Australia this weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

World-record holder David Rudisha is hoping for a fast 800m.

Some of the fastest distance runners in the world are currently “down under”. This weekend in Melbourne, Australia, the IAAF World Challenge series kicks off.

Headlining the men’s 800m field is Kenya’s David Rudisha. The world-record holder has enjoyed much success in Australia over the past two years and hopes to continue that trend this weekend. Earlier this month in Sydney, he clocked a sub-46-second 400 meters which bodes well for him in the two-lap race.

Along with Rudisha is America’s best hope for an 800m medal at the 2012 Olympics, Nick Symmonds.

In the men’s 5000m, Australia’s own Craig Mottram is expected to toe the line against  fellow countryman Collis Birmingham, who has already run a 13:15 this season. Other Australian hopefuls include Ben St. Lawrence and David McNeil. Kenyan steeplechase runner Jairus Kipchoge is also in the mix as well, as Andy Vernon and Nick McCormack of England and Americans Brandon Bethke, Lee Emmanuel, Will Leer and Ben True.

Kenyan world champion Asbel Kiprop will be leading the men’s 1500m field.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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