14.07.2008 – Matthew Renshaw

The current Australian 800m Track Champion, Lachlan Renshaw ran this morning (5:25AM AEST) in Lignano, Italy. The meet was interrupted by torrential rain and thunderstorms however the conditions were not to deter the young Beijing Olympic representative.

From lane two, Renshaw was forced to jostle for position and settle through 200m in the middle of a tightly controlled pack. The pace built steadily through 400m with Renshaw sitting back in fifth and unfamiliarly boxed in.

Through 600m in the low 1:18s, the field reacted quickly to the front runner’s stretch for home. The pack opened up and Renshaw timed his move well, making his way through the field to enter the home straight in fourth. He turned on his speed and came home to finish second in a time of 1:46.42 secs.

“I felt awesome at 400m and knew that I had a good chance, I just had to get out.”

The race was won narrowly by Jonathon Johnson (USA) in a time of 1:46.14 secs. Another American Brandon Shaw finished third in 1:46.64 secs.

“This race was a good settler. I’m here to gain race experience and my race fitness is coming through. The conditions were tough, but that can only put me in good stead for what’s ahead in Beijing. I’ve got five weeks until I toe that line. You can be sure that I’ll be ready.”

Fellow Australian Olympic representative Madeleine Pape clocked a solid 2:03.14 to finish third in the women’s 800m.

Renshaw’s result gives him assurance that he is building nicely to peak in Beijing. With a number of quality meets remaining, his preparation and training will see him donning the green and gold confidant of being a strong contender.

Race Calendar:
– 16th July Liege, BELGIUM
– 20th July Heusden-Zolder, BELGIUM – KBC Night of Athletics (tbc)

For further information, please contact:
Matthew Renshaw 0414 451 577.