Lachlan Renshaw has commenced his Europe racing campaign with a solid run in Jerez, Spain.
The 21 year old Australian champion was characteristically out quick and was jostled midway into the pack. The group bunched down the back straight. Tactics were quickly thrown out the window with the first lap covered by the pacemaker in a swift 49.65s, with Renshaw in fourth place.
The field strung out into single file down the back straight, with Renshaw loosing ground to be well back at the 600m mark, although he came home strongly in the straight to pass a couple to finish 8th in 1:47.60. The race was taken out by Yeimar Lopez of Cuba, who clocked the second fastest time in the world this year in winning in 1:43.07 ahead of South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.
“I’m happy with the time, but I’m lacking race fitness," said Renshaw after the race,
"It was a good hit out to get the legs rolling over again. We’d planned for Jerez to be a warm-up for me.”
Renshaw will next race in Milan on 2 July.
Steeplechaser Youcef Abdi, who is still waiting nervously for news of the final composition of the Olympic team (which was due yesterday but will be announced tomorrow), turned his attention back to the distance where he won a Commonwealth bronze medal in 2002: the 1500m. The event was at the Folksam Grand Prix in Gothenburg, Sweeden, with Abdi finishing second in a tame 3:42.98 behind Craig Mottram. Mottram, who followed Nick Bromley (running as a pacemaker) through the first kilometre of the race, clocked 3:36.66.
With thanks to Matthew Renshaw for information and quotes from Lachlan Renshaw.