Ryan Gregson, 20, has broken the 19-year-old Australian 1500m record with a time of 3:31.06 while competing in the Samsung Diamond League last night in Monaco.
The race was fast early and the field quickly strung out, with Gregson sitting around 10th for most of the race. He got the bell at 2m:34s after moving into eighth place. Although running into some traffic at the 150m mark, Gregson still ran home strongly for fifth place to break Simon Doyle’s record of 3:31.96 set in 1991.
In the race were the three fastest metric milers of 2010, Kenyan's Nicolas Kiptanui Kemboi, Daniel Kipchirchir Komen and Augustine Kiprono Choge as well as two-time world champion Bernard Lagat.
Gregson (Kembla Joggers) is the first NSW athlete to hold the national 1500m record, previously held by legends of the sport Edwin Flack and John Landy. His performance, a four second personal best, was also an Oceania and NSW record.
Long jumper, Fabrice Lapierre (Westfields) was also in action in Monaco finishing second after steadily improving throughout the competition. After early performances of 7.23m, foul and 7.61m, Lapierre got moving in Round 4 with a leap of 7.84m, followed by 7.98m. Going into the final round, he moved from fourth place to second with a jump of 8.18m.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image of Ryan Gregson (courtesy of David Tarbotton)
1500 METRES Australian record progression
Courtesy of Fletcher McEwen
4:33.2 Edwin FLACK V 1 Athens 07.04.96
4:15.6 Greg WHEATLEY V 4 Athens 29.04.06
4:11.1 William WHYTE V 1+ Melbourne 29.01.27
3:59.9 William WHYTE V 2h Amsterdam 01.08.28
3:51.8 Don MACMILLAN V 1 Melbourne 24.11.51
3:50.81 Don MACMILLAN V 3s Helsinki 25.07.52
3:49.77 Don MACMILLAN V 9 Helsinki 26.07.52
3:49.6 Don MACMILLAN V 2 Oslo 11.08.52
3:45.0 John LANDY V + Melbourne 13.12.52
3:49.0 John LANDY V 1 Melbourne 16.12.52
3:44.4 John LANDY V 1 Melbourne 03.01.53
3:44.4 John LANDY V 1 Melbourne 12.12.53
3:43.4 John LANDY V 1+ Turku 31.05.54
3:41.8 John LANDY V 1+ Turku 21.06.54
3:39.6 Herb ELLIOTT W 1+ Dublin 06.08.58
3:36.0 Herb ELLIOTT W 1 Goteborg 28.08.58
3:35.6 Herb ELLIOTT W 1 Rome 25.02.38
3:34.22 Graeme CROUCH V Christchurch 02.02.74
3:34.20 Mike HILLARDT Q 1 Sydney 11.03.84
3:33.39 Mike HILLARDT Q 4 West Berlin 23.08.85
3:31.96 Simon DOYLE Q 2 Stockholm 03.07.91
3:31.06 Ryan GREGSON N 5 Monaco