Joseph Deng, Peter Bol and Morgan Mitchell will be among the athletes gunning for a rare Australian record and cash prize at the 10th anniversary Hunter Track Classic in Glendale next Friday.
Deng, Bol and Mitchell are confirmed starters at the annual track and field meeting with $5000 on offer for anyone that can break the men’s or women’s national 600 metre mark.
The one-and-a-half lap distance and times aren’t officially recognised by Athletics Australia and are referred to as “best on” records.
This prizemoney for January 25 has been put up by event sponsor Pure Performance.
Deng and Bol will be chasing Lachlan Renshaw’s 2010 effort of one minute and 15.14 seconds while Mitchell is eyeing off Tamsyn Manou’s 2012 performance of 1:25.79.
It won’t be the Australian trio’s first visit to Hunter Sports Centre with Deng previously running in 2016, Bol twice in-a-row prior to last year’s break and Mitchell four straight from 2015.
However, this time around former refugee Deng, 20, will arrive having broken a 49-year Australian record for the men’s 800m.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games representative stopped the clock at 1:44.21 at a Diamond League meet in Monaco in July and went past the shared mark (1:44.40) of 1968 Olympic gold medalist Ralph Doubell and Alex Rowe from 2014.
It leaves Peter Norman’s 200m time of 20.06 seconds, also set at the Mexico Games 51 years ago, as the oldest remaining Australian record.
Rio Olympian Bol, 24, has an 800m personal best of 1:44.56 set in Sweden in June.
Olympic and Commonwealth Games relay finalist Mitchell, also 24, is the four-time defending women’s 400m champion at the Hunter Track Classic but stepped up in distance to take out the 800m race at the Vic Milers in Melbourne on December 20.
Mitchell’s top times are 51:25 for the 400m and the recently posted 2:06.73 for the longer event.
Elsewhere at the 2019 Hunter Track Classic and the 1500m has attracted Canberra’s Jordan Gusman and Great Britain’s Madeleine Murray in the men’s and women’s races respectively.
Two-time Commonwealth Games representative, world championship semi-finalist and 2016 Olympian Michelle Jenneke returns for a crack at both the women’s 100m and 100m hurdles.
Jenny Blundell has signed up for the women’s 5000m, Anas Abu-Ganaba will feature in the men’s 100m and Max Stevens tackles the men’s steeplechase.
In the field and five-time national champion, two-time Commonwealth Games representative and 2016 Olympian Damien Birkinhead will meet Kurri Kurri’s Aiden Harvey in the men’s shot put.
A timetable has yet to be released.
The NSW Country Championships will be held at Glendale’s Hunter Sports Centre over four days from January 24.