20/04/2024

Rose Davies wins the Women's 3000m Australian Championship during 2022 Chemist Warehouse Sydney Track Classic (Picture Izhar Khan)

Rose Davies secured the women's 3000 meter Australian Championship on Saturday night, adding another title to her belt for 2022.

Rose Davies secured the women’s 3000 meter Australian Championship on Saturday night, adding another title to her belt for 2022.

Solidifying her spot atop the women’s distance mantle in Australia, Davies became the Australian 3000 meter Champion in convincing fashion.

The field content with a slower start, focusing on the National Championship title more so then a qualification time.

A sure sign that the Australian Track and Field Championships should be the one to watch for times in a few weeks, as athletes eye a start at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Davies was able to settling mid pack, thanks to the reserved start, allowing her to relax and build into the race as it developed. With the continued slower pace and physicality within the bunch, Davies made her move 1400 meters into the race.

She pushed straight to the front and immediately increased the pace. The move breaking the long line of athletes almost instantly.

With 800m to go, Davies tightened the screws on the chasing pack, picking up the pace even further. Commencing the last lap with only a handful of chasers a few meters behind, Davies looked to run away with it. It took until the final bend for Natalie Rule to close the gap and apply some pressure on Davies outside.

It was not enough however, with Davies utilising her renowned final kick to stretch back away over the final 50 meters and lock away the title.

The time an unflattering 9:06.35, 16 seconds outside her personal best. However the final 1000 meters was well under the three minute mark, boding well for the Australian Track and Field Championships ahead.

A solid lead up

A 3000m Australian title is hard enough in any year, however the lead up for Davies makes it even more impressive. Most Athletes will target an event, set a plan in place, take a win here and there along the way, then give everything they have come target race day. Not Davies.

Only a week earlier, she took out the Box Hill Burn 5000m in 15:23.64 in another strong showing. Rarely do athletes in this current age run such strong events so close together. The bodies ability to back up for consecutive strong performances, the key reason for spacing races apart. This however, didn’t seem to affect Davies on Saturday night.

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If that wasn’t enough, go back another week, when she travelled to Hobart and took out the Think Big Run The Bridge. This time over 10km and on road, she again looked comfortable throughout the race, right up until the sprint finish.

Only needing to call on her trademark, to put paid to England’s Charlotte Purdue over the last 200 meters. This time stopping the clock in 32:31, only ten seconds outside the course record, which is exceptional considering the terrain across the first half of the race.

Brett Robinson just pips Rose Davies to score the ‘Bounty’ in the 2022 Think Big Run The Bridge ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Picture Think Big Run The Bridge)

Perhaps Davies only falter so far for 2022 came at the Adelaide Invitational in mid February. Racing the 5000 meters, she battled with Isobel Batt-Doyle for much of the race, before an impressive final 800 meters from Batt-Doyle secured her the victory over Davies.

Not the only title for 2022

Normally taking home one Australian Championship in a season is impressive enough for an athlete, but the 3000 meters on Saturday is Davies second for 2022. Back on the 26th January, she also secured the 10,000 meters Australia Title in the Zatopek: 10,000.

Sitting comfortably in a strong pack for most of the race, she waited patiently for the right moment to pounce. That moment came with 250 meters to go, as she stormed past Eloise Wellings, streaking away for a comfortable victory. The win giving her back to back 10,000 meter titles, after greeting the judges first in 2021.

With another four weeks of strong competitive racing ahead, including the Melbourne and Brisbane Track Classics and the Australia Track and Field Championships, Davies may yet add another title to her belt. The obvious one missing, the 5000 meters, where she will again need to tussle with Batt-Doyle.

However, the big name missing so far this season is Australia’s number one ranked 5000 meter runner for 2021, Jess Hull. Hull who has been overseas focusing on 1500 meter and 3000 meter events after an impressive showing in Tokyo, will be keen to grab the title should she find herself back in Australia.

With titles in such a vast range of distances, Davies will have a choice to make in coming months. Does she target the 5000 meters which she competed in at the Tokyo Olympic Games, or will she change or even add an event.

Such decisions will be hotly discussed, as world rankings and times are firmed up closer to team announcements. One thing is for certain, whatever she races in, if she is there at the finish, she is more then a good chance.

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