<h5>IAAF Melbourne World Challenge</h5>
<p>MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 05: Luke Mathews of Australia celebrates running a n Olympic qualifying time in the Men's 800 Metres during the IAAF World Challenge at Olympic Park on March 5, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.</p>
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Luke Mathews

Luke Mathews

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 10:48 AM 16 Aug (Rio)
Men's 1500m Round 1 - Heat 3

3:44.51 (12th)

(Local) / 10:18 AM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's 800m Round 1 - Heat 2

1:50.17 (7th)

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Athlete Biography

A successful junior middle-distance runner, Melbourne’s Luke Mathews burst onto the scene this summer.

Mathews made the semi-final of the 800 metres at the 2014 IAAF world junior championships. Last year he improved his 800 and 1500 metres personal best and competed briefly in Europe.

He became the talk of the athletics community with a very comfortable win over 800 metres in his season debut at the Hunter Track Classic in January.

In March at the world challenge meet in Melbourne he raced the 800 metres world record holder David Rudisha, regarded as the world’s greatest ever half miler and pushed him all the way to the line. His Olympic qualifying time was a two second personal best, the fastest time by an Australian on home soil for 34 years. He will be also remembered for his post race celebrations with his friends in the crowd.

After placing second to his training partner and national record holder Ryan Gregson over 1500m at the Sydney Track Classic, he claimed the national 800 metres title and secured automatic Rio selection.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut

Recent Performances

  • 1st (800m) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (1500m) – 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 1st (800m) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 1st (800m) – 2016 Hunter Track Classic (Newcastle, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • 2014 World Junior Championship semi-finalist (Oregon, USA).
  • 2nd at the 2016 IAAF Melbourne World Challenge, and running my first Olympic qualifier (1:45.16 behind David Rudisha).
  • Training with the Melbourne Track Club on a daily basis.


  • Primary
    St. Kevins College, Toorak (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    St. Kevins College, Toorak (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Commerce/Law - Deakin University (2014-current)


  • Coach
    Nic Bideau (2015-current)
  • Club
    St. Kevin's Amateur Athletics Club (SKAAC) / Melbourne Track Club (MTC)
  • Institute/Academy
    Melbourne Track Club (MTC)
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    London, England


Favourite food
McDonald's & Pizza
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite music
Dropkick Murphy's - Shipping off to Boston
Dream car
Mercedes G63
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
A large 10 McNugget meal
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Usain Bolt, London 2012
First Olympic Memory?
Watching Cathy Freeman in 2000.
Most Influential person in your career/life
Ryan Gregson, Brett Robinson, Genevieve LaCaze, Hana Basic