I recall watching the Men’s 1500 race at one of the televised Grand Prix Meets at the start of 2000. The race was won in a slow time of 3:42, in windy conditions. Commentator, Jane Flemming slated the performance of Australia’s middle distance runners saying that in an Olympic year that the winning time of 3:42 wasn’t up to scratch. She put it simply: “these guys [top guys] should be breaking 3:40 every time they step on the track”- harsh criticism, but essentially on the money.

2000-2004 was probably the lowest ebb of Australia’s 1500m stocks. This point is demonstrated by Australia fielding just one runner at the Sydney Olympics (Nick Howarth with a personal best of 3:39) and none at the Athens Olympics in 2004….Read More

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