Stewart McSweyn sets new Tasmanian 3000m record in Morocco

Stewart McSweyn during the men's 5000m final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Picture: AAP

Stewart McSweyn during the men's 5000m final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. Picture: AAP

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.

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.