Galen Rupp helped the U.S. to a third-place finish.
The United States took a disappointing fifth.
The marathon-distance relay race was ultimately decided in the fourth leg.
Mottram has been dealing with injury, but appears to be ready to race.
Source: USATF INDIANAPOLIS – The Team USA squad has been finalized for the 2009 International Chiba Ekiden, USA Track & Field
SYDNEY — Distance runner Craig Mottram will make his return from long-term injury to compete for the Australian team at the Chiba Ekiden