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Mottram sets new national record

12/06/2004 06:14:25 AM Comments (0)

Victorian Craig Mottram has sliced an impressive seven seconds off his personal best time to set a new national record over 5,000 metres.

Mottram finished fifth at the Bergen Golden League athletics meeting in Norway with a time of time of 13 minutes, 03.37 seconds, less than two seconds shy of winner John Kibowen, who won the race in 13:01.94.

It was the second time in as many weeks Mottram has smashed his own Australian record over 5,000m but he did so in style on Friday when he knocked more than seven seconds off the 13:10.47 he set in the Netherlands last week.

Mottram hopes to be running under 13 minutes before the Athens Olympics in August.

Sydneysider Patrick Dwyer just missed out on a medal in the men's 400 metres when he finished fourth in a time of 46.38s.

Briton Tim Benjamin won the race in 45.67 ahead of Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales (45.96) and American Otis Harris in 46.09s.

Georgie Clarke finished 16th in the women's 1,500 metres in a time of 4:14.69, well behind winner Iryna Lishchinska from the Ukraine, who won the race in 4:03.76.

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