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April 1, 2020  

126: Australian Distance Running All-Time Performances Competition

April 1, 2020

126: Australian Distance Running All-Time Performances Competition

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Julian shares some great race videos but opens for debate for how many beers at work is acceptable.
Brad’s shocked to find Mulligan’s jam packed against the time of social distancing.
Brady sets a challenge for the listeners 30 minute fartlek
In the time of no races, the boys also discuss how their relationship with running has changed.


The boys discuss the official decision to postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021, with the World Athletic Championships in Eugene 2021 moved to 2022, the same year as the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the implications for the athletes for the years ahead.

Listener question of the week asks for sessions for the treadmill in this age of self-isolation and quarantine.


Scott Nicholas joins in for a new segment concept, discussing a head to head contest to determine the Greatest Australian performance list ranked criteria:

  • Olympic Gold Medal

  • Olympic Silver Medal

  • World Record Holder

  • World Marathon Major win

  • Olympic Bronze Medal

  • Commonwealth Games Medal

  • International Win

  • Significant performance

  • Australian Record Holder


64 performances, randomly drawn names to be determined into the best 16. 

The first 16 match-ups are as follows:


Herb Elliott’s Gold 1500m at the 1960 Rome Olympics
Brett Robinson Australian Half Marathon Record set at Marugame 2020


Trevor Vincent’s Gold Medal in the 1962 Perth Steeplechase
Youcef Abdi’s 6th place in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Steeplechase in 8:16.22


Al Lawrence’s 10000m Bronze at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics 


Graham Crouch’s 5th place in the 1974 Christchurch Comm Games


Kate Anderson winning 5000m Gold at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games
Catriona Bisset setting 1:58.78 800m Australian Record in London Diamond League


Derek Clayton’s 2:08:34 marathon world record in Antwerp 1969
Kerry O'Brien 4th place in the Mexico Steeplechase


Eloise Wellings’s 14:54 5000m in Zurich 2006
Tony Manning’s Gold Medal in the steeplechase at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games


Noel Clough winning silver at the 1966 Kingston Commonwealth Games
Stewy McSweyn setting the Australian 10000m Record at Zatopek:10  2019


Edwin Flack’s 800m & 1500m Gold Medals at the 1896 Athens Olympics
Jackie Perkins’s 5th place at the 1989 Stavanger World Cross Country

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