Ben St Lawrence clocked 27min 24.95sec at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational meeting to smash the Australian 10,000m record. Source: Herald Sun
Ben St Lawrence smashes Australian 10km record
May 03, 2011
NSW distance runner Ben St Lawrence has smashed the national 10,000m record in California.
Lawrence, 29, clocked 27min 24.95sec at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational meeting, taking almost five seconds off the mark set in 2009 by Collis Birmingham.
The time bettered the A-qualifying standard for August's world titles in Daegu, South Korea, for which has already been chosen to run the 5000m.
"My results these past few months have been pretty mixed and to be honest my training has been up and down so this is a real thrill," said St Lawrence, who was third behind Kenyan Bedan Karoki and American Bobby Curtis.
"Tonight though I was just feeling stronger and stronger, I was hoping for a qualifier and was pushing for it mid-race.
"I really picked up on the back straight in the last lap and just made a bee line for home - it's fair to say I'm pretty happy."
It was the first time that St Lawrence - the Australian 5000m and 10,000m champion - had bettered the 28-minute mark for the longer event.
St Lawrence contested the two events at last year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, finishing seventh in both finals.
Countrywoman Eloise Wellings also recorded a world championships A qualifier in the women's 10,000m at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational, clocking 31:41.31 to finish seventh behind Kenyan winner Sally Kipyego (30:38.05).
The PB moved Wellings to fourth on the Australian all-time list.
"Eloise's performance was equally impressive, especially across those closing few laps,'' Athletics Australia national distance coordinator Tim O'Shaughnessy said.
"Her last four or five laps were very strong and she judged what she was capable of heading into those closing stages when the pace picked up very well."
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