Tasmanian distance running took another huge stride in Monaco when Stewart McSweyn claimed a host of benchmarks in a landmark 1500-metres race.
The King Islander's time of 3:31.81 in finishing eighth at the Diamond League meet established him as the second fastest Australian ever behind only his Melbourne Track Club training partner Ryan Gregson whose record of 3:31.06 was set at the same meet in 2010.
It was also a new Tasmanian record, the ninth fastest time in the world this year and earned McSweyn a qualifying time for both this year's world athletics championships in Doha and next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It came less than a week after Launceston's Rio Olympian Milly Clark also claimed a Tokyo qualifying time with a huge Tasmanian record in the Gold Coast marathon.
While McSweyn's focus remains on the longer distances of 5000 and 10,000m - which he contested at last year's Commonwealth Games - securing a qualifying time in a blue ribband event more than a year out from the Olympics is a significant weight off the 24-year-old's shoulders.