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Mottram - a great comeback story says selector

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Mottram revives his dreams in green and gold

Denis Craven
Geelong Advertiser
August 3rd, 2011

GEELONG runner Craig Mottram has revived his injury-torn athletics career with selection in the Australian team for the World Athletics Championships in South Korea.

Athletics Australia chairman of selectors Dion Russell last night said Mottram's selection for the 5000m was "a great comeback story for Craig".

"He has a great history in the sport but he's had some serious injury setbacks in recent times. "To his credit he has got back on the horse and wanted to make the national team for Daegu, South Korea," Russell said.

Athletics Australia yesterday named the 47-member team to compete at the championships from August 27 to September 4.

Joining Mottram is Geelong champion walker Nathan Deakes in the 50km walk and Geelong wheelchair athlete Richard Colman in the 400m T53.

Mottram's career hit a peak in 2005 when he won a bronze medal in the 5000m at world championships in Helsinki, Finland. He won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

But lingering injuries halted his bid to win gold at the highest level.

Russell said Mottram's 13 minutes 11.51 seconds for the 5k in a Diamond League meet in Birmingham on July 10 clinched his selection alongside Collis Birmingham and Ben St Lawrence as the three Australian runners for the 5000m in Daegu.

"On times, Craig is knocking on the door of the top 20 in the world at this stage," Russell said.

"Craig has changed coaches, he is now under Chris Wardlaw, a very experienced and highly credentialed coach who has guided him from injury and back onto the track.

"Craig has still got some burning ambitions inside him, he wants to represent Australia, and good on him.

"We are rapt to have him in the team and we hope some of his experience will rub off on the younger ones in the team as well." Russell said Mottram's revival started when he made the national cross country team in March.

"Craig had a very good time on March 3 in Melbourne at an AA meet, he ran a 13.25, a fantastic result which was only five seconds off the world championship standard," Russell said.

"With more training in his legs and fitness, he smashed the A-standard qualifying time by nine seconds in Birmingham. So he hasn't just snuck into the team."

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