Marvellous Marcus runs off with records

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014
Marcus Karamanolis
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ON FIRE: Top middle distance runner Marcus Karamanolis was a star individual at the McEvedy Shield meeting.

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Marcus Karamanolis erased the past yesterday.

The St Pat's Town middle distance star marked his last appearance at the McEvedy Shield by breaking two of the oldest meeting records.

Karamanolis produced an impressive double by setting new figures for the open 3000m and 1500m.

His 1500m time broke a record that had lasted for almost 50 years and the previous record for the 3000m had been set by prominent athlete Phil Starr in 1992.

Karamanolis recorded 4:04.31 for the 1500m, inside the 4:04.60 recorded by a Scots College athlete in 1966, while his 3000m time of 8:45.27 was comfortably inside Starr's record of 8:50.20.

Bearing in mind that he has a personal best for the 1500m of 3:59.13, Karamanolis knew that he was capable of running 4:04. But he would not normally attempt a 1500m record just two hours after running 3000m.

"I was pretty sore at the start of the race [1500m]," he said. "But Riva [Wellington College captain Riva Williams] went hard over the first lap and I knew we were on record pace, so decided to go for it.

"Each lap gets harder and harder. You feel you are picking it up over the last lap but all you are doing is maintaining your pace."

It also demonstrated that Karamanolis, who has now won eight McEvedy titles, is in the right form for the Australian junior championships, which begin in Sydney next week.

He warmed up for the McEvedy by recording a personal best of 1:57.36 for the 800m last weekend and will contest the 5000m and 1500m in Sydney. "My training has been going really well the past couple of weeks."

Karamanolis has only once run 5000m, recording 15:18.09 in a qualifying run for the Australian champs last month. "I would like to break 15 minutes [for the 5000m] in Sydney and make the final of the 1500m but the main aim is to record PBs."

Three McEvedy records were established in field events yesterday. Siosaia Paese (Town) set a new record for the under-16 long jump, Gerard Ahnau (Town) set a new mark in the under-15 discus and Joshua Morgan-Ranui (Wellington College) established a fresh record in the under-15 javelin.

Wellington College sprinter Renata Mahuika retained his open 100m title. Mahuika dead-heated with Silverstream's Mitchell Bialy last year but beat Bialy into second this time.

Mahuika is on the comeback following a hamstring injury that prevented him contesting the national secondary school championships in December. He finished fifth in the 100m at the national champs two years ago and will be aiming for a medal next summer.

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Fluent Town athlete Alex Haye took the 200m and 400m open double while Fa'aolataga Tau took the under-16 100m, 200m and 400m titles .

Prominent mountain biker Eden Cruise, fresh from a big effort for fourth in the Karapoti Classic last weekend, won the under-15 1500m.

- Fairfax Media

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