OLYMPICS: Peter Bol representing Australia in Rio during round one of the men’s 800 metres last year. Picture: Getty ImagesThe Victorian Milers Club’s latest meetinghas provided a productive lead up for three Rio Olympians competing at the Hunter Track Classic this Saturday.
Australian representatives Peter Bol, Linden Hall and Anneliese Rubie all recorded middle-distance wins at Box Hill on Thursday night ahead of attacking the Glendale track this weekend.
Bol, the 22-year-old who made his Games debut in August, stopped the clock at three minutes and 42.35 seconds in claiming the recent 1500 metre race.
The Sudanese-born runner has entered in both the 1500 and 800 metre events on January 28 and matching hispersonal best time (1:45.4) over the shorter length would easily eclipse the existing Hunter Track Classic record set by Ryan Gregson (1:47.06) in 2010.
Bol will be up against Australian record holder Alexander Rowe (1:44.4), reigning NSW champion Mason Cohen (1:47.4) and World Junior Championships representative Joseph Deng (1:47.9) in what shapes as a hotly contested 800m clash.
RIO: Linden Hall after the Olympic women’s 1500 metre semi-final in August. Picture: Getty Images
In the women’s division Hall is on a similar program, having comfortably clinched the 1500m in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs in a time of4:09.26 she will drop back to the 800m atthe Lake Macquarie Council-backed occasion.
The 25-year-old Games semi-finalist will meet tough opposition at the Hunter Track Classic with title holder Rubie, fellow Rio Olympian Zoe Buckman as well asthree-time Australian champion and meet record holder Brittany McGowan also entered.
Rubie, the 24-year-old who contested the 4x400m relay final at Rio, ran a2:03.40 in clinching the Victorian Miles Club affair last week.
Hunter Track Classic community races start at 5pm.
RETURN: Anneliese Rubie wins the women’s 800 metres at last year’s Hunter Track Classic. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers