Australian 10,000m Record Holder, Ben St Lawrence will make his second Olympic appearance at Rio after securing the qualification time in May 2015 on his favourite track in Palo Alto, USA.
The 34-year-old claimed the Australian record in a time of 27.24.95 on the 1st day of the London 2012 qualification period in 2011, on the same track as his Rio qualification run. St Lawrence also boasts the title of ‘Second Fastest Australian of All Time’ over 5,000m (13:10) behind Craig Mottram as well as being the only 10,000m Olympian to represent Australia since the Sydney Games.
At the age of 30, St. Lawrence made his Olympic debut at the 2012 Games where he finished 20th in the 10,000m final in London in front of a parochial British crowd as Mo Farah claimed gold.
The Victorian has represented Australia at both the Commonwealth Games in 2010 (10,000m & 5000m) and 2014 (10,000m) and the World Championships in 2011 (5000m). Injury put a damper on St Lawrence’s 2015 World Championships campaign, with a 14cm hamstring tear forcing him out of competition. Despite surgery and rest, a return to the sport seemed unlikely but a determined St Lawrence kept working and eventually proved to selectors he was in form at the Australian Champs in April, placing 3rd in the men’s 5000m.
He was born and raised in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney and now also coaches athletes of all abilities, from recreational runners to potential future Olympians, through his company ‘Run Crew’ www.runcrew.com.au. St Lawrence trains with the Melbourne Track Club which includes training partner, fellow Rio Team member and good mate, David McNeil. The pair will train together in the lead up to the South American Games along with other Team Members including Luke Mathews, Genevieve La Caze and Ryan Gregson.
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Penrith, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London - 20th (10,000m)
- 3rd (10,000m) - 2015 Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (Palo Alto, USA)
- 16th (10,000m) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, China)
- 8th (heat, 5000m) – 2013 IAAF World Championships (Moscow, Russia)
- Setting the Australian 10,000m record of 27:24.95 in 2011.
- Setting 5000m personal best of 13:10 to win the 2011 Australian 5000m Championship, while pushing multiple world champion Bernard Lagat to the line.
- Walking into a packed stadium to run the 10k final at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
- Korowal School (NSW, Australia)
- Blue Mountains Grammar School (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Human Movement/Exercise Science - Charles Sturt University (2000 - 2005)
Sean Williams (2006 - current)
St George Athletics Club (Sydney, Australia), Melbourne Track Club (Melbourne, Australia)
Primary Training Base
Sydney and the Blue Mountains (primary)
Secondary Training Base
Falls Creek/Mt Laguna, USA (secondary)
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- The Swiss Alps
- Dream car
- A fully decked out camper-van ready to drive through Europe.
- Personal Motto
- I honestly don't have one!
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Olympic Rings to remember London and all that it meant to me.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- BMX - I was a state finalist as a 12 year old, but gave it up to concentrate on running.
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Herb Elliot's dominant victory in the 1500m at the 1960 Olympics Games in a then world record.
- First Olympic Memory?
- That 'Amigos Para Siempre' song from Barcelona, it still gives me goose bumps when I hear it.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My parents
- Why this sport?
- Humans were born to run, and I feel most alive when running at full speed. I love to compete, and there is no truer competition than a bunch of runners form all across the globe lining up to see who is able to get to the line first. No subjectivity at all - just a test of supreme fitness, speed and tactics.