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Gregson books Rio Olympics 1500m berth

  • Gregson books Rio Olympics 1500m berth

    Ryan Gregson has booked an Australian Olympic team spot with a flying 1500m in the Netherlands.

A late change of event has paid off big-time for Ryan Gregson, who has booked his spot in the Australian athletics team for the Rio Olympics with a flying 1500m victory in the Netherlands.

Reigning national champion Gregson had intended to contest the 800m in Nijmegen, but instead took advantage of ideal conditions to step up to his favoured event and was rewarded with the win in a time of three minutes 35.78 seconds.

Countryman and training partner Luke Mathews was second in 3:35.99 - also under the Olympic qualifying standard.

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And halfway around the world in Beijing, Jenny Blundell became the third Australian woman to better the Olympic 1500m mark by clocking 4:04.62 to claim a top-three finish.

Melissa Duncan has already been selected for Rio, with Blundell and Zoe Buckman now in the box seat to claim the other two vacancies in the women's 1500m.

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