Aussie Olympic Hopeful Oliver Hoare Records One Of The Fastest 1500m Times In History
Oliver Hoare, remember the name.
The Australian Olympic hopeful has just clocked one of fastest 1500m times of all-time while competing at the 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York.
And it may have just earned him a spot on the plane to Tokyo later this year.
Actually, let's not kid ourselves, Olympic selectors would be stupid not to pick him.
Despite trailing Scotland's Jake Wightman for the majority of the race, Hoare well and truly kicked into another gear on the final lap.
The 24-year-old powered forward to an unassailable lead, leaving the rest of the chasing pack in his dirt.
Even with the finish line in sight, he didn't slow up and put his foot on the gas even harder.
And with no other contestants in sight, Hoare crossed the finish line with a time of 3:32.35.
Probably unbeknownst to the Sydney-born youngster at the time, but it was later revealed that he had shattered the existing Australian indoor record for the 1500m event.
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To put it simply, it was the sixth-fastest time in history.
But what Hoare undoubtedly cared about most was if his time qualified him for the Tokyo Olympics, which thankfully it did - and by a whopping three seconds too!
Hoare's mammoth achievement had many fans comparing him to legendary Australian athlete Herb Elliott.
Elliott was the last Aussie to run a place at an Olympics.
And not only did he place, but he actually won gold way back at the 1960 Games in Rome.
Since then, not one single Aussie has placed in the 1500m.
But in Hoare, it seems like we've got our best hope of breaking that age-old medal drought.
And if he can run anything like he just did in New York, he stands a pretty good chance of writing his name into the Olympic history books in more ways than one.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@ollihoare
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