Stewart McSweyn breaks Craig Mottram record in Rome Diamond League 2020

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Stewart McSweyn breaks Craig Mottram record in Rome Diamond League 2020

And the 14-year breakthrough from Aussie distance runner Stewart McSweyn on Thursday night in Rome means as much as any number seen in Aussie athletics in recent years. The 25-year-old Tasmanian captured bronze in the men’s 3000m event at the Wanda Diamond League meet and snapped legend Craig Mottram’s iconic national record — which has held firm since 2006. In a personal best run of seven minutes 28.02 seconds, McSweyn shattered Mottram’s iconic time which famously saw him defend his World Cup title in 2006. Just like that, McSweyn emerged as the likely face of the men’s athletics team heading into next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. — Rob de Castella (@deek207) September 17, 2020Fellow Aussie Matthew Ramsden also did enough to finish seventh, 20 seconds behind McSweyn.

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