Distance Stars Turning Out In Melbourne

World-record holder David Rudisha is hoping for a fast 800m.

World-record holder David Rudisha is hoping for a fast 800m.

Some of the fastest distance runners in the world are currently “down under”. This weekend in Melbourne, Australia, the IAAF World Challenge series kicks off.

Headlining the men’s 800m field is Kenya’s David Rudisha. The world-record holder has enjoyed much success in Australia over the past two years and hopes to continue that trend this weekend. Earlier this month in Sydney, he clocked a sub-46-second 400 meters which bodes well for him in the two-lap race.

Along with Rudisha is America’s best hope for an 800m medal at the 2012 Olympics, Nick Symmonds.

In the men’s 5000m, Australia’s own Craig Mottram is expected to toe the line against ¬†fellow countryman Collis Birmingham, who has already run a 13:15 this season. Other Australian hopefuls include¬†Ben St. Lawrence and David McNeil. Kenyan steeplechase runner Jairus Kipchoge is also in the mix as well, as Andy Vernon and Nick McCormack of England and Americans Brandon Bethke, Lee Emmanuel, Will Leer and Ben True.

Kenyan world champion Asbel Kiprop will be leading the men’s 1500m field.

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