Athletics news 2022: Australian Olympian Oliver Hoare sets national record

Olympic hero Oliver Hoare set a national record overnight, placing him in contention for a podium finish at the Commonwealth Games.Australia now has one of the fastest men ever to run a mile after Sydney’s Ollie Hoare shattered the Australian record today in Oslo, Norway.Remember the days, not all that long ago, when breaking four minutes for the mile was the benchmark of greatness?Well, Hoare can now count himself among the greats, having just ran an astonishing 3.47:48 when second in the Oslo Mile – beaten only by the machine-like Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebritsen.That now makes Hoare a leading contender for the upcoming World Track and Field Championships in the 1500m, and the clear favourite to win gold in the same event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games which start in July.Hoare’s father, Greg was over the moon with the result.“My son is the fastest Australian ever, this should be big news. Surely?” he said.The Diamond League in Oslo each year is considered one of the premier mile races on the calendar.Ingebritsen and Hoare followed the two designated pacemakers who set the perfect, gut-wrenching speed splits, then stepped out of the race at the 800m and 1000m marks respectively, leaving it to the two stars. The other 12 runners were trailing 30 metres behind. Only Hoare and Ingebritsen went with the pacemakers.Hoare, despite the massive fatigue which had set in by the 1200m mark, tried to run down the leader on the final lap but the Olympic champion was carving out the second fastest time in history and managed to prevail, pulling Ollie through for an Australian best, eclipsing the previous mark held by our Olympian star Stewart McSweyn of 3.48:37.The run was made even more profound by the fact the weather was inclement with intermittent showers falling during the evening.Sadly for Hoare senior and his wife, money constraints are stopping them from attending the World Championships in Oregon in a few weeks and the Commonwealth Games.Other Aussies were in action at the meet as they taper for the same upcoming championships. Catriona Bisset, the Australian 800m champion, ran seventh in 1.59:42, beaten less than two seconds behind the winner Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain.Jack Rayner was sixth in a strong 5000m race, beaten by just three seconds by the Ethiopian star Haile Bekele. Cult hero Rohan Browning, mullet and all, ran 10.28s with a 0.5 tailwind when seventh in the 100m, behind Canada‘s Olympic 200m gold medallist Andre De Grasse, while Matt Ramsden ran 3.57:11 in the Mile race in which Hoare was so impressive.“Ollie will go back to his training base in Boulder, Colorado now and prepare for the World Championships, then head to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games,” his father said.Originally published as Aussie Olympian Oliver Hoare became one of the fastest in the world overnight