London bound 1500m runner Zoe Buckman has broken the 36-year-old Australian 1000m record in Oslo, Norway. Buckman took almost a second off the mark held by Judy Pollock over the rarely contested distance with a run of 2:37.84. Pollock's performance came in Montreal just prior to the 1976 Olympics, where she contested the 800m and 1500m.
The performance is an encouraging sign for Buckman, who will be making her senior international debut in the green and gold after being controversially left out of Australia's team for last year's world championships in Daegu. Coincidentally, a fortnight ago Buckman raced in Daegu, recording a season's best of 4:07.52.
“This bodes really well for Zoe, it will do great things for her confidence ahead of running in Rabat for the IAAF World Challenge on Sunday," said National DIstance Coordinator, Tim O'Shaughnessy.
“She ran really strongly and should be really pleased, it's a great sign of what she is capable of.”
At the same meet Ryan Gregson finished second in the 800m in 1:48.29, tiring after pursuing the pacemaker at a fast tempo early in the race.