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Gregson's confident of a Comm Games Medal

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1 Gregson's confident of a Comm Games Medal on Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:25 am



Ryan Gregson has Delhi medal hopes
From: AAP August 15, 2010

EMERGING Australian middle-distance star Ryan Gregson is bubbling with confidence before October's Commonwealth Games, believing he is capable of winning a medal in the 1500m in Delhi.

The 20-year-old from Wolongong continued his climb towards the top of the sport with a fifth placing against a high-quality field in the mile at the Diamond League meet at Crystal Palace today.

The 1500m national record holder shaved a second off his best time as he finished strongly in the cool conditions in south London with Kenya's Augustine Choge (3min 50.14sec) leading home the field.

Gregson (3:52.24) thought his closing speed would prove invaluable in India in October.

Asked if he thought he was a podium chance in Delhi, he said: "Yeah definitely.

"The plan for Comm Games will be to take the heat seriously and make sure I do everything possible to make sure I get through to the final which I should.

"Then once I am there, anything can happen.''

Gregson said he believed today's showing meant he was ready to push some of the best runners in the world.

"These are the guys I will be racing against at Commonwealth Games, the Kenyans, the English, so it was good to finish top five against the people I will be racing against in Delhi,'' he said.

Gregson and Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Sally Pearson's (12.61) performances were the highlights for the Australians in south London.

Pearson was run down by Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep but the fact the Queenslander backed up this month's win in Stockholm was a fantastic sign in her return from a back injury.

It was not so pretty for Australia's field athletes.

In soggy conditions, Olympic and world champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker failed to clear his opening height of 5.51m on Friday following a month out of serious competition.

"I'm confident there's nothing serious wrong and I'll bounce back,'' he said.

Long jumper Fabrice Lapierre (7.81m) failed to fire up in the cool conditions on Saturday, coming sixth ahead of eighth-placed compatriot Chris Noffke (7.66m).

World indoor champion Lapierre said he had butchered his chances of challenging Olympic champion Dwight
Phillips (8.18m) on the Diamond League points table.

"I think I wrecked my chances for winning this thing,'' Lapierre said.

Australia's 4x100m relay team for Delhi had a forgettable first hit-out in Europe, messing up the second changeover between Matt Davies and Aaron Rouge-Serret.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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