Three-time Australian 800m champion Nick Bromley (UTS Northern Suburbs) has set a new personal best in the 800m at the Golden Spike Meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Bromley finished 8th in a time of 1:47.28 against a world class field, lowering his personal best from 1:47.37 set in early 2006. Bahrain's Bilal Ali Mansour won the event in 1:44.74. Bromley's time is a B-qualifier for next year's Olympics and is closing in on the B-qualifier for this year's World Championships in Osaka (1:46.60).
Also competing was Joshua Ross (Bankstown Sports) who placed fourth in the 100m in 10.36 seconds. The race, held in still conditions, was won by Britian's Craig Pickering in 10.16s.
Bromley was on hand to witness the other highlights of the meet, which included two world records in the space of four minutes from arguably the greatest distance runner of alltime, Ethopia's Haile Gebreselassie. Gebreselassie broke the 20000m world record (56:25.98) en route to covering 21, 285m in the rarely contested one hour run.
Also recording a impressive victory was Craig Mottram, with whom Bromley is training with whilst in Europe, who won the 5000m in 13:04.97.