Another cracking run by McSweyn

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Australian middle-distance king Stewart McSweyn has wrapped up his Olympic preparation in grand style by finishing an impressive second in the 3000m at the Diamond League meet in Gateshead.

McSweyn is a red-hot medal chance in the 1500m in Tokyo, but as he proved again on Wednesday morning (AEST), he is world-class across a wide variety of distances.

Last week in Monaco, the 26-year-old became the first Australian to break the 3:30 barrier in the 1500m when he bettered his own national record.

In-form Spaniard Mohamed Katir won the 3000m in seven minutes 27.64 seconds in the UK race, moving him to 15th spot on the alltime list.

McSweyn crossed the line in 7:28.94 - less than a second outside his own Oceania record.

Training partner Matthew Ramsden stripped more than 10 seconds off his PB in finishing fifth in 7:35.65.

Ramsden, 23, was desperately unlucky to miss a spot in the Tokyo Olympics team, with Australia currently enjoying unprecedented depth in the men's middle-distance events.

The other standout Australian performance in Gateshead came from Peter Bol, who stormed home to finish third in the 800m in 1:45.22.

Among those left in his wake were US duo Clayton Murphy and Bryce Hoppel, both considered medal contenders at the upcoming Tokyo Games.

Bol will be contesting his second Olympics, having debuted five years ago in Rio.

American Trayvon Bromell won the men's 100m in 9.98.

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