Athletics news 2022: Australian Olympian Jack Rayner clears men’s 10,000m national record

Australian distance runner Jack Rayner erased the men’s national 10,000m record, clocking a blistering time in California.

Australian distance runner Jack Rayner erased the men’s national record in the 10,000m, clocking a time of 27:15.35 in California on Monday AEDT.

The 26-year-old bettered the previous record of 27:22.55, set by Patrick Tiernan in December 2020, by more than seven seconds at Sound Running’s ‘The Ten’ meet in San Juan Capistrano.

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Rayner bettered his personal best by 44 seconds and set a new 10,000m record in Oceania – it was also enough for the Victorian to meet the World Championships in Athletics and Commonwealth Games standard.

Rayner finished third while Tiernan placed 14th; American Grant Fisher won the race with a stunning time of 26:33.84.

“I knew I hadn’t raced anywhere near where I should be racing on the track until today, so I’m super happy to have something good on the board,” said Rayner.

“For years I felt like I was thrown out of the marathon because I wasn’t good enough on the track, but now I’m stronger and I know I can do it.

“I don’t think I would call myself a marathon runner. I did a good marathon where I reached the Olympic standard of 2:11, but it’s not very good anymore. It’s still a good time but I think I’m better than that, I didn’t do the right race or I didn’t train properly – that’s definitely something I will do in the future.

Earlier this year, Rayner won his first national 10,000m title at the Zatopek Classic in Melbourne.

At last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, he failed to complete the marathon event after suffering a femoral stress fracture.

“Getting out of Tokyo was pretty dismal,” Rayner said.

“I was not conditioned to run at all, so I had this motivation after an Olympics where I didn’t finish, I wanted to get back to training and get back in shape.”

Rayner is set to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, but will next compete in the Sydney Track Classic 3,000m event on Saturday.

Naomi C. Amerson