Gregson fires at state 3000m championships
Australian Flame athlete Ryan Gregson
University Games representative Bridey Delaney
have taken home state honours at the New South Wales 3000m
championships at the weekend.
In a highly tactical men’s race it was world championships 1500m
runner Ryan Gregson who took out the state title, holding on
throughout a race where the pace fluctuated often and the lead
changed numerous times in its early stages.
After a lethargic start the field passed through halfway near on
4:08-pace, national 1500m finalist Philo Saunders
eventually adding some spark.
Victorian sub-four minute miler Brenton Rowe
assumed the lead from Saunders but it was all Gregson at the bell,
the national U20 3000m record-holder covering the final lap in
58.59 to claim victory in 8:00.85, three seconds outside his
"I'm really happy with the win. It's a shame it
wasn't faster to show where I am at, but it was a quality field
so I am glad I got the win," Gregson told Inside
Rowe went on to place second in 8:03.28, with recent world half
marathon championships representative Jeff Hunt
(8:05.39) rounding out the podium in third.
Nineteen-year-old Gregson said he would have one last race over
3000m as a junior athlete.
"I'm going to do the Zatopek junior 3km," he
"Again, I don't expect it to be that fast because there
are no pacemakers. I don't generally go to the front that much,
so I think that will be more racing."
Gregson will then shift his focus to qualifying for the 1500m at
next year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in
"In Rieti at the end of the (European) season I ran 1:47-low
but it wasn't really a good race, it was stop-start and I went
out really slow. I think I've got more to prove, so I
wouldn't mind having a crack at that, perhaps in
The New South Wales runner and Athletics International’s Emerging
Athlete of the Year has ruled out attempting to gain selection in
both the 800m and 1500m at his Commonwealth Games debut.
"Because there are going to be so many good athletes this year
for the 800m and 1500m I think it is going to be pretty much the
event you want to make, you'll need to do at the trials,” he
"I think it’s probably too hard to try both the 800m and 1500m
in three days."
Delaney’s second state 3000m title came via a hard-fought battle
with New South Wales event record-holder Eloise
, who courageously pushed the pace until the final
straight where Delaney shifted gears to score victory in a new
personal best time of 9:13.89.
"Eloise is a class runner so I expected her to be up there
pushing the pace," Delaney told Inside Athletics
after the race.
"As we were going along I was feeling pretty good and then on
the last lap I felt like I could make a move but she kicked at 350m
and at 200m. It wasn't until about 120m that I had some rhythm
going and I took it from there."
Wellings crossed the line in 9:16.50 with New Zealand's Kellie
Palmer third in 9:37.74.
With thanks to Inside