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Monday, September 18, 2006

Mottram crowned king of 3000m

Well its no secret that I'm a big fan of Craig Mottram.

I'd like to be where he is in a couple of years. So if you haven't been living under a rock you would know he just successfully defended his 3000m world championship. Fantastic effort!  Beating no other than Kenenisa Bekele, another hero of mine.  Of course 3000m is a little short for me but I'm hoping to give Craig a run for his money in a 5000m or 10000m some day soon.

There are hundreds of articles and news stories out there about his win but I particularly like this one by Jenny McAsey because of the following phrase "Bekele is rarely beaten by anyone, let alone a white boy from the land down-under".

But read the whole article here if you like:

Craig Mottram - Google News
Mottram crowned king of 3000m
Jenny McAsey
September 19, 2006

THREE weeks ago Craig Mottram felt so flat and worn out from a rollercoaster season he was on the verge of pulling out of the World Cup and forgoing the chance to defend his 3000m title.

But Mottram decided to press on and yesterday was rewarded with the biggest scalp of his career when he beat the world's best distance runner, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, in a new Australian and World Cup record.

The win, coming just over a year after his breakthrough bronze medal in the 5000m at the world championships and six months after he claimed 5000m silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, gives Mottram a treble that highlights his status as one of the brightest talents in global track and field.

It was the first time Australia's best distance runner had beaten Bekele after three years of trying. Bekele is rarely beaten by anyone, let alone a white boy from the land down-under, which was the song that echoed through the World Cup venue in Athens when Mottram crossed the line four seconds in front.

"Bekele took it out hard the first four laps, trying to scare people off, and I just followed him, and with three laps to go he moved out and wanted me to go past. I looked at him and said, 'Like f... I will'," Mottram said.

"I just kept the pressure on and kept working hard and with 300 (metres) to go I dropped him, which surprised me as much as it did anybody else.

"I was desperate to win and finish the year on a good note and that was the difference between him and I."

Australian official Brian Roe, a veteran observer of international athletics, said Mottram's thrilling contest with world and Olympic champion Bekele from the 1400m mark was the talk of the meet.

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