London bound marathoners Lisa Weightman and Michael Shelley have etched their names into the record books as the inaugural winners of the Australian 10km road titles after victory in Launceston.
The titles were held in conjunction with the Launceston Ten and both athletes recorded road personal bests for the 10km distance with their winning times of 32:46 and 28:43 respectively.
Weightman took victory ahead of Jess Trengove, who will join her on the starting line in the marathon at the London Olympics. Trengove ran a solid 33:34, with 2000 Olympian Georgie Clarke taking bronze in 33:57.
"It was my fastest ever 10km on the road, so it shows that my training is heading in the right direction ahead of the London Olympics,” Weightman said.
Shelley’s victory was his maiden national title, a surprising feat for an athlete that has shown such versatility over distances from 1500m to the marathon over close to a decade.
“That shows that my training has been going well and I’m in good form. Having not raced for a while, I wasn’t 100% sure of how I was going, but clearly I’m going well,” Shelley said.
“The pace was really on from the outset, with Harry (Summers) chasing a fast time. So that set us up to run nice and fast today.”
Victoria’s Mitch Brown made a huge breakthrough to win silver, slashing over a minute off his personal best to run 28:53. Harry Summers, who ran aggressively at the front of the field for much of the race, was third in 29:03, just holding off Olympic marathon nominee Martin Dent by two seconds.