King Islander Stewart McSweyn became the second fastest Australian over 3000 metres in Morocco on Saturday morning.
The 23-year-old Commonwealth Games representative finished third at the Rabat Diamond League meet in a time of seven minutes and 34.79 seconds – shaving 13 seconds of his Tasmanian record.
Only compatriot Craig Mottram has a faster time to his name, 7:32.19.
So the time has come when @Stewy_mac3 felt ready to run with the bigger names. 13 seconds taken from his @AthsTas 3000m record for a classy third place in @Diamond_League in Rabat overnight. Now the second fastest Aussie ever. Perhaps inspired a little by @stkildafc— Brian Roe (@Doctor_Roe) July 13, 2018
McSewyn finished about two seconds behind Ethiopian winner Yomif Kejelcha and on the tail of second-placed Birhanu Balew, of Bahrain.
McSewyn’s feat comes after obliterating the state’s four-decade old 10,000m benchmark in a time of 28:05.37 at the Oslo Diamond League last month.
The holder of five Tasmanian records now sits third on this year’s world rankings list heading into next week’s London Diamond League where he will line-up in the 5000m.