Wellings, Robinson win 5km Noosa road race

20/09/2019 Posted by admin

Eloise Wellings reckons she is the best form of her life and it showed on Saturday as she powered away to a dominant victory in the Noosa Bolt 5km road race.


Training partner Genevieve LaCaze stayed with Wellings for the first couple of kilometres before being dropped by the 32-year-old who went on to win in 16 minutes and four seconds.

It had been a long time between drinks for Wellings in Noosa, whose only previous victory here came back in 2006.

Wellings finished an impressive 10th in the 5000m at the world championships in August in Beijing.

But with the 10,000m likely to take precedence next year, she will look to book her spot on the Australian team for the Rio Olympics at next month’s Zatopek meet in Melbourne.

“I just want to leave my options open,” said Wellings.

“The 10,000 will probably be the focus and, if I’m in the 5000 as well if I get selected, I think it will be a bit of an after-thought.

“I will just be treating the Zatopek like any other race and hopefully I run well, it’s good conditions and I can cover the qualifying time.

“Obviously the win would be good too because that’s an automatic Olympic selection.”

Steeplechase specialist LaCaze will act as Wellings’ pacemaker next month in Melbourne.

“I knew going into this race Eloise would be the one to beat,” she said.

“She’s just so fit right now and has had one of the best years of her life.”

LaCaze finished second in 16:19 on Saturday, 13 seconds ahead of Linden Hall.

Brett Robinson successfully defended his men’s Noosa Bolt title, winning in 14:14 ahead of Sam McEntee (14:22) and Josh Wright (14:25).

“I was pretty confident coming in,” said Robinson.

“I thought if I went really hard, they wouldn’t cover me so that was the plan.

“I reckon I bluffed them a little bit to think I was going a little better than I actually was.”

Robinson would also like to qualify for the 5000m and 10,000m for the Rio Games, although much of his focus to date has been on the shorter distance.

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