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Saint lowers Australian record

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Wednesday, 4 May 2011/Categories: News

3 May 2011

 

Saint lowers Australian record

 

Competing on Sunday in California, Ben St Lawrence (St George) smashed the Australian 10,000m record clocking a time of 27:24.95 as he placed third in a high quality race at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The 10,000m race, run in the memory of former coach and Kenyan athlete mentor, Kim McDonald, is well known as a far race and it didn’t disappoint in 2011 with eight athletes under 27:30, 19 under 28:00 and 32nd place running 28:54.55.

 

St Lawrence, lowered Collis Birmingham’s national record of 27:29.73, set in California in 2009. He is also only the fifth athlete to lower the record in the last 50 years.

 

Superlatives about the performance by St Lawrence:

·         Oceania, Australian and NSW record

·         Australian All-Time list – moved from 22nd to 1st.

·         Slashed 40 seconds from his personal best

·         First NSW to hold the record in nearly 50 years

 

Also competing in Stanford was Eloise Wellings (Sutherland) and not to be outdone, she sliced 27 seconds from her 10,000m personal best, to clock 31:41.31. Wellings broke Kerryn McCann’s NSW record and moved to number four on the Australian All-time list. She now holds the NSW 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m record.

 

Progression of the Australian 10,000m record

Courtesy of Fletcher McEwen

32:58.0                  John POTTAGE                                   V             Melbourne            20.03.48

31:58.6                  Les PERRY                                           V             Melbourne            08.09.51

30:31.0                  Les PERRY                                           V             Melbourne            04.12.51

30:23.0                  Les PERRY                                           V             Melbourne            17.10.53

30:02.4                  Dave POWER                                       N             Sydney                  03.11.55

29:50.8                  Allan LAWRENCE                               N             Sydney                  08.07.56

29:20.0                  Allan LAWRENCE                               N             Sydney                  01.09.56

28:53.61                                Allan LAWRENCE                               N             Melbourne            23.11.56

28:37.64                                David POWER                                      N             Rome                     08.09.60

28:15.5                  Ron CLARKE                                        V             Melbourne            18.12.63

28:14.0                  Ron CLARKE                                        V             Turku                      16.06.65

27:39.89                                Ron CLARKE                                        V             Oslo                        14.07.65

27:31.92                                Shaun CREIGHTON                           V             Melbourne            30.11.96

27:29.73                                Collis BIRMINGHAM                           V             Berkeley                                25.04.09

27:24.95                                Ben ST LAWRENCE                          N             Stanford                01.05.11

 

Australia All Time List 10,000m - Men                          

27:24.95                                Ben St.Lawrence               N             Stanford,USA      1 May 11

27.29.73                                Collis Birmingham              V             Berkeley, USA      25 Apr 09

27.31.92                                Shaun Creighton                 A             Melbourne            25 Nov 96

27.34.48                                Craig Mottram                      V             Stanford,USA       4 May 08

27.37.00                                Darren Wilson                      V             Melbourne            25 Nov 96

27.39.89                                Ron Clarke                            V             Oslo,Norway         14 Jul 65

27.46.71                                Bill Scott                                                V             Melbourne            6 Feb 80

27.47.69                                Steve Moneghetti                                V             Oslo,Norway         4 Jul 92

27.49.09                                Sisay Bezabeh                     A             Taraniki,NZL         21 Jan 02

27.50.7                  Gerard Barrett                      Q             Moscow,Russia    21 Jul 79

27.50.73                                Dean Cavuoto                      A             Taraniki,NZL         21 Jan 02

27.51.27                                Lee Troop                             V             Inglewood,NZL    15 Feb 03

27.52.10                                Shawn Forrest                      V             Stanford,USA       2 May 09

27.53.30                                Steve Austin                         V             Stockholm,Sweden 9 Jul 81

27.54.93                                Brett Cartwright                    S             Taraniki,NZL         21 Jan 02

27.57.34                                Andrew Lloyd                       N             Melbourne            12 Dec 87

 

Australia All Time List 10,000m - Women                                            

30.37.68                                Benita Willis                          Q             Paris,France                         23 Aug 03

31.11.72                                Lisa O'Dea-Ondieki             S             Helsinki,Finland                   30 Jun 92

31.26.34                                Susie Power                         V             Melbourne                            6 Dec 01

31.43.14                                Haley McGregor                  V             Melbourne                            4 Dec 03

31.43.31                                Eloise Poppett-Wellings   N             Stanford, USA                     1 May 11

31.51.71                                Kylie Risk                              T              Vancouver,Canada             1 Jun 96

31.54.57                                Susan Hobson                     A             Mito,Japan                            6 May 96

31.54.95                                Carolyn Schuwalow            V             Melbourne                            10 Dec 91

31.55.65                                Clair Fearnley                      V             Sydney                                  24 Feb 00

31.55.94                                Kerryn Hindmarsh-McCann N          Melbourne                            6 Dec 99

31.56.35                                Jenny Green Lund              Q             Melbourne                            10 Dec 91

32.07.44                                Natalie Harvey                     V             Sandefjord,Norway             3 Jun 00

 

 

Shizuoka International

May 3 in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture 

 

400m 

1)  Yuzo Kanemaru  45.74 

2)  Hideyuki Hirose  46.06 

3)  Hiroyuki Nakano  46.23 

8) Kevin Moore (AUS/NSW) 47.68

 

800m 

1)  Masato Yokota  1:46.85  

2) James Gurr (AUSNSW) 1:47.38

 

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Ben St Lawrence (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)

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