McSweyn Takes Down Mottram’s 3000m Record – Runner’s Tribe

McSweyn Takes Down Mottram’s 3000m Record  Runner’s Tribe

By Len Johnson

If the rest of Australia was willing to remember Sydney for the rest of the week, Stewart McSweyn snapped us out of our reverie with two more in what is becoming a long string of outstanding performances.

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3,000m Australian Record last night!! 7.28.02 – 17th fastest ever 🤯🤯🤯 Thanks to my team 🙌#beansingit

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A 3:32.17 win over 1500 in Zagreb on Tuesday night (15 September), was a national record of sorts, the second, 7:28.02 two days later for third over 3000 in Rome, was some sort of national record, taking down no less than the great Craig Mottram by some four seconds.

It’s been quite the week for Australian middle-distance runners. Jessica Hull set the ball rolling with a 4:00.42 national record behind Laura Muir at Berlin’s fabled ISTAF meeting last Sunday. Hull went so close to the first sub-four by an Australian woman, a time that is proving just as difficult to crack as when John Landy was trying to achieve it for the mile almost 70 years ago.

2020 Continental Tour Women’s 1500m Berlin Results

1. Laura MUIR GBR 3:57.40

2. Laura WEIGHTMAN GBR 4:00.09

3. Jessica HULL AUS 4:00.42

4. Melissa COURTNEY-BRYANT GBR 4:02.34

5. Shannon ROWBURY USA 4:02.56

6. Claudia Mihaela BOBOCEA ROU 4:05.71

7. Hanna KLEIN GER 4:05.74

8. Sofia ENNAOUI POL 4:06.05

9. Elise VANDERELST BEL 4:06.24

10. Christina HERING GER 4:08.30

11. Simona VRZALOVÁ CZE 4:08.39

12. Maureen KOSTER NED 4:09.82

13. Ciara MAGEEAN IRL 4:12.82

Hanna HERMANSSON SWE DNF

Caterina GRANZ GER DNF

Aneta LEMIESZ POL DNF

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McSweyn’s Zagreb 1500 was not a national record (Ryan Gregson, 3:31.06), nor a personal best (3:31.48 in Stockholm last month), but it is the fastest-ever winning time by an Australian.

2020 Zagreb Men’s 1500m Results

1 Stewart McSweyn Australia 3:32.17

2 James West United Kingdom 3:34.56 PB

3 Matthew Ramsden Australia 3:34.83 PB

4 Elzan Bibić Serbia 3:35.07 PB

5 Ryan Gregson Australia 3:35.22 SB

6 George Mills United Kingdom 3:36.72 PB

7 Quentin Tison France 3:36.83 PB

8 Matthew Hughes Canada 3:37.20 PB

9 Johan Rogestedt Sweden 3:37.56 SB

10 Paul Robinson Ireland 3:38.26 SB

11 Dino Bošnjak Croatia 3:42.94 PB

12 Daniel Ivaničić Croatia 3:50.17 PB

Azzedine HabzPACE France DNF

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The 3000 is something else again. Fourteen years to the day after Mottram ran 7:32.19, McSweyn’s 7:28.02 chasing home Jacob Kiplimo (7:26.64) and Jakob Ingebrigtsen (7:27.05) smashed the national record. Mottram set his mark in defeating Kenenisa Bekele, no less, at the IAAF World Cup in Athens.

Though well short of Daniel Komen’s world record 7:20.67, Kiplimo and Ingebrigtsen are now eighth and ninth on the all-time performers’ list (McSweyn is number 17). Interestingly, Jacob and Jakob are ‘only’ 13 and 15 on the all-time performances’ list, where only two of the top 10 have been run this century, none since 2007.

Rome Diamond League Men’s 3000m Results

UGA. KIPLIMO Jacob 7:26.64 WLDLR NR PB

2 NOR. INGEBRIGTSEN Jakob 7:27.05 NR PB

3 AUS. McSWEYN Stewart. 7:28.02 AR PB

4 ITA CRIPPA Yemaneberhan 7:38.27 NR PB

5 NED. FOPPEN Mike 7:39.75 PB

6 BEL. KIMELI Isaac 7:47.48 PB

7 AUS. RAMSDEN Matthew 7:48.08 SB

8 ITA. ZOGHLAMI Osama 7:48.63 PB

9 ITA RIVA Pietro 7:50.03 PB 8:04.77

10 AUS GREGSON Ryan 7:53.65 SB

11 ITA. RAZINE Marouan 7:54.80 SB

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Australian Men’s 3000m Top-10 All-Time List (as of 18/9/2020)

3,000 METRES Name State D.O.B Place Location Date
7:28.02 Stewart McSweyn T 010695 3 Rome, Italy 17 Sep 20
7.32.19 Craig Mottram V 180680 1 Athens, GRE 17 Sep 06
7.35.45 Collis Birmingham V 271284 8 Stockholm, SWE 17 Aug 12
7.37.76 Patrick Tiernan Q 110994 4 London, GBR 9-Jul-17
7.40.48 Ben St.Lawrence N 071181 6 Rieti, ITA 8 Sep 13
7.41.03 Sam McEntee V 030292 10 London, GBR 9-Jul-17
7.41.60 Shaun Creighton V 140567 9 Oslo, NOR 21 Jul 95
7.41.78 Lee Troop V 220373 3 Sydney 20 Feb 99
7.42.19 Ryan Gregson V 260490 7 Rabat, MOR 16 Jul 17
7.42.76i Morgan McDonald N 230496 2 New York, USA 9 Feb 19
2020 Berlin Diamond League 3000m Stewart McSweyn Smashes Craig Mottram’s 3000m Australian Record with a 7:28.02