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Renshaw ready to take on 800m 'Titans'

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1 Renshaw ready to take on 800m 'Titans' on Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:16 pm



Bring on battle of titans, says Aussie
By Nicole Jeffery
The Australian
March 14, 2011

NATIONAL 800m champion Lachlan Renshaw hopes a clash of the titans between world record-holder David Rudisha and Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop at the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday will lift him to new heights as he strives to qualify for this year's world championships in Daegu.

Athletics Australia confirmed on the weekend that 1500m specialist Kiprop had agreed to contest the 800m in Sydney, turning the race into the feature event of the meet.

Rudisha has already vowed to attack his Australian all-comers record of 1min 43.15sec in Sydney, after clocking 1:43.88 in his first serious hit-out of the year in Melbourne 10 days ago, and will have his personal pace-maker Sammy Tangui setting a 1:42.00 pace on Saturday night. Kiprop may have made his name over 1500m but he is no slouch in the 800m either, ranking No 5 in the world last year with a time of 1:43.45.

Renshaw, 23, wants to take advantage of the classy field to become only the third Australian to break 1:45.00sec for the distance (and the first in nearly 30 years), after setting a personal best time of 1:45.66 in Melbourne.

He just missed the tough world championships qualifying time of 1:45.40 there, and will try again to reach the standard in Sydney.

"I'll definitely be giving it 110 per cent to get that qualifier," Renshaw said.

"Last week in Melbourne I did a PB and I was 2 seconds behind David and I'm hoping to get a bit closer this week with another race in my legs. The pace wasn't really on in the last lap in Melbourne, and he's said he wants to break the Australian all-comers record which means 1:42.00. I'm going to try to hook in and hang on."

Renshaw has clearly lifted his game since he was run out in the semi-finals at last year's Commonwealth Games and attributes his strong early-season form to a six-week stint training with US champion Nick Symmonds, the world No 7, before Christmas.

"Having someone who's better than me to push me along and a different training environment has sparked something out of me," the Sydneysider said.

Renshaw is part of the middle-distance revival happening in Australian track and field at the moment, as demonstrated in Melbourne by Jeff Riseley's victory over Kiprop in the 1500m and Ben St Lawrence's stirring second place to former world champion Bernard Lagat in the 5000m.

"Having the 1500m guys (Riseley and Ryan Gregson) running well has spurred everyone on," Renshaw said. "It's shown us that it can be done."

Meanwhile, schoolboy sprinters Nick Hough and Steve Solomon, both winners at senior national level this season, have combined to dominate the sprint events at the Australian under-20 titles in Sydney.

Hough set a personal-best time of 13.73sec to win the 110m hurdles on Saturday and backed up to claim the 100m in 10.40sec yesterday, with the event in which he has made his mark at senior level, the 200m, still to come today. Solomon recovered from illness to control the 400m final in 47.30sec.

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Renshaw hopes to slipstream world record-holder for ticket to Korea
By Daniel Lewis
Sydney Morning Herald
March 15, 2011

SYDNEY'S Lachlan Renshaw is confident of setting a personal best time and qualifying for this year's world championships when he runs against the world's fastest man over 800 metres at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Renshaw, 23, said there was nothing better than being dragged along by Kenya's David Rudisha, who broke the longstanding 800m world record twice last year and went on to be named the IAAF male athlete of the year.

Rudisha lowered Kenyan-born Dane Wilson Kipketer's 13-year-old 800m mark of one minute 41.11 seconds to 1:41.09 and then 1:41.01 in the space of eight days in August to take the athlete-of-the-year title from Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt.

It was announced yesterday that the Sydney Track Classic 800m will also feature Kenya's Asbel Kiprop, the Olympic 1500m champion, who only occasionally runs the shorter middle distance but has a personal best of 1:43.17.

To reach the A qualifying standard (1:45.40) for the world championships in South Korea starting in August, Renshaw needs to cut another 0.26 seconds off the personal best of 1:45.66 he set in Melbourne on March 3 when he came third in the 800m behind Rudisha (1:43.88) and American champion Nick Symmonds (1:45.09).

Renshaw's previous personal best was 1:45.73 set in Leverkusen, Germany, in August 2009.

He was delighted with how his first big event of the season had gone in Melbourne and believes his time would have been even better if he had not got caught in traffic in the middle of the race. He still had some fuel in the tank at the end. ''I came home like a train,'' he said.

Renshaw's Melbourne time puts him at ninth in the Australia all-time rankings for the 800m. Still sitting at the top of those rankings is Ralph Doubell, who ran 1:44.3 to take gold at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.

Renshaw started out with Kuringai Little Athletics as an under-eight and developed into a champion middle-distance runner while at Sydney Grammar. He now runs with the Sydney University Athletics Club under coach John Atterton and is also studying commerce at Camperdown.

Renshaw went to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games last year he qualified for the final of the 800m but couldn't start the race after pulling his hamstring in the semi-final.

Renshaw recovered quickly from his Games injury and has put in some hard work.

''[The disappointment of Delhi] fuelled the fire to get back into training and I've really put my head down since then,'' he said. ''I went to America for six weeks and trained with the Oregon Track Club, with the American champion Nick Symmonds. I was there until Christmas and then when I came back I went up to Falls Creek and trained with Nick Bideau's squad up there and did some altitude training. I knew I was in good shape [coming into the Australian season].''

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