Second gold in the bag

Wednesday July 17, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Alex Beddoes with his second Pacific Games gold medal after winning the 1500 metres race in Apia, Samoa last night. 19071608 Alex Beddoes with his second Pacific Games gold medal after winning the 1500 metres race in Apia, Samoa last night. 19071608

TRACK runner Alex Beddoes has done it again, adding another gold to his haul at the 2019 Pacific Games currently underway in Samoa.

 

“I feel pretty great. It’s good to get another win,” says Beddoes.

At Apia Park last night, Beddoes once again came from behind to claim first in the men’s 1500 metres event. Beddoes ran the event in a time of 4:03.13, beating his nearest opponent by almost three seconds. The time is also a new national record, with shaving off a whopping thirteen seconds from the previous record time of 4:14.1, set by Rima Herman in 1983.

“It feels pretty good, I had no idea what the time was. I didn’t know it was a national record. I was kind of just going for the win and not really thinking about the time,” Beddoes says.

It is the twenty-four year old’s second time ever competing in the 1500m. He says he entered the event at the Games to “just give it a go”. The decision paid off, with Beddoes claiming his second gold after winning the men’s 800 metres event just two nights ago.

“I think I knew I was fit over the longer distance as well coming into these Games, so I figured I’d just give it a try and see how I went in the race and yeah, it turned out pretty good” says Beddoes.

The Olympian was noticeably missing his signature moustache for the race, saying: “I couldn’t have that extra one gram slowing me down, so I decided to shave it off last minute”.

The event was the last of the 2019 Games for Beddoes, who will be spending time in the Cook Islands, before returning to his base in Melbourne to continue training.

“I’ll head back and get into some winter training before I come out next year and race again,” says Beddoes.

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