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Craig Mottram books place at fourth Olympic Games


Craig Mottram produced a brilliant final lap of the 5000m to book a spot in his fourth Olympics.


The distance star, who has been in the wilderness for several years, had the crowd at Lakeside Stadium on their feet as he burst away from his former training partner Collis Birmingham over the final 200m.

Mottram, 31, had time to punch his fist to the crowd down the home straight before crossing the line in 13min 18.58sec, just 1.42sec ahead of the required A-standard qualifying time.

"I was confident I could keep up tonight. That was my main aim, keep up until two to go and then race. Collis is strong at the moment," Mottram said.

Read the full article at the Herald Sun


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