Athletics world in disbelief after Aussie smashes all-time record

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Ollie Hoare, pictured here breaking the Australian and Oceania record in the mile.
Ollie Hoare broke the Australian and Oceania record in the mile. Image: Getty/Diamond League

Ollie Hoare has left the athletics world stunned after smashing the Australian and Oceania record in the mile.

The Aussie runner pushed Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen on Thursday, finishing second in Oslo's Dream Mile event at the Diamond League meeting.

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The 25-year-old Hoare was the only runner to challenge Norway's home idol Ingebrigtsen, before the legendary star powered away down the home straight to earn victory in one of the great races on the international calendar.

Ingebrigtsen narrowly missed out on breaking Steve Cram's 37-year-old European mile record at the Diamond League meeting with his 3min 46.46sec run.

However runner-up Hoare was able to obliterate Stewart McSweyn's Australian and Oceania record in 3:47.48.

McSweyn's time of 3:48.37 - also set at the Bislett Stadium last July - was smashed by a huge 0.89sec margin by Hoare, whose time puts him 13th on the all-time mile list and one place behind the great Sebastian Coe.

It also beat his previous personal best of 3:50.65 set at the Bowerman Mile at Eugene last month when he again had to live with second against Ingebrigtsen.

"It was a special race. The Oslo Diamond League for Australians has seen a lot of records set there, it's just a special place and tradition," Hoare said afterwards.

"For me to go out there to represent and continue that is an absolute privilege."

Ollie Hoare, pictured here during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Ollie Hoare looks on during the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

He may have ended some 10 metres behind Ingebrigtsen on Thursday, but it was another world-class effort from the Sydneysider, who never let the 21-year-old Norwegian off the hook in the paced race.

By halfway, it was down to just three - Ingebrigtsen, Hoare and Britain's Jake Wightman.

And by the bell it was only two with Hoare just clinging on amid deafening crowd noise on the final circuit, which the Norwegian covered in 57 seconds.

"It was pretty intimidating but also awesome to be a part of," Hoare said.

"I tried to put pressure on Ingebrigtsen but he's a lot stronger than me right now. I'm really happy with that but there is still work to do."

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It was also a fine night for Melbourne's Jack Rayner, who recorded a new lifetime best of 13:06.00 to earn a gutsy sixth place in the 5000m dominated by Ethiopians.

However sprinter Rohan Browning endured a frustrating evening, finding the going too hot in the 100m as he finished seventh - one from last - in 10.28sec.

Canada's Olympic bronze medallist Andre de Grasse pipped Briton Reece Prescod by one-hundredth of a second to win in 10.05sec, with South African Akani Simbine third in 10.09.

All three are likely to face Browning at the Commonwealth Games, as well as Ghana's fourth-placed Benjamin Azamati (10.15) and Sri Lanka's Yupun Abeykoon - fifth in 10.16.

Catriona Bisset's season's best 1min 59.42sec was only good enough for seventh in a high-quality 800m as Britain's Keely Hodgkinson secured her third-straight Diamond League win in 1:57.71.

Along with Ingebrigtsen, Sweden's world record holder Armand Duplantis was the international star of the night in the pole vault with a world-leading 6.02m for the outdoor season.

"I only have the Stockholm Diamond League now ahead of the World Championships, and I feel good ahead of the big dance," Duplantis said.

with AAP

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