Nipperess and Tamsett smash Games records

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Graham Croker


Sydney University Athletics Club distance runners James Nipperess and Lara Tamsett set the AK Stadium track alight at the 2010 Australian University Games in Perth on Thursday when they smashed the 5000m men’s and women’s records in claiming gold medals.


Nipperess’s time of 14min 3sec broke the long-held record of 14min 8sec, which was set in 1973. The 20-year-old physical education student and Sydney University Sports Scholarship holder, is trained by Ken Green, Australia’s head coach for long-distance running.


Tamsett started a golden day at the track for Sydney University by demolishing her previous Games record for 5000m – set in 2008 – by 14 seconds.


Her time of 16min 5sec scattered the field, with Ellis O’Kane finishing second, more than a minute behind, and Sophie Barker claiming third, more that two minutes behind.


The Sydney University Sports Scholarship holder earlier this year led from start to finish in winning the City to Surf in Sydney.


Meanwhile, SUAC completed a comprehensive display in the relays, with wins in the four events – two medleys and two 4x100m events.


See Results Day Four for more Games results and news.