Craig Mottram and Victorian Institute of Sport triathlon coach Jonathan Hall

Craig Mottram and Victorian Institute of Sport triathlon coach Jonathan Hall (photo: Iñigo Mujika).

He was born in Frankston, Victoria, Australia, on 18 June 1980. He is one of the World’s fastest distance runners, and he is among us, training in Vitoria-Gasteiz along with a group of Australian triathletes in a three-month training camp organised by USP Araba Sport Clinic.

Craig Mottram, known amongst some African runners as the Big Mzungu (Big White Man), won the bronze medal in the 5,000 m at World Championships in Helsinki in 2005, and the silver medal in the same distance at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

His running times need no comment:

  • 1,500 metres 3:33.97 (Zurich, Switzerland, 08/18/2006)
  • Mile 3:48.98 (Oslo, Norway, 07/29/2005, Oceanic Record)
  • 2,000 metres 4:50.76 (Melbourne, Australia, 03/09/2006, Oceanic Record)
  • 3,000 metres 7:32.19 (Athens, Greece, 09/17/2006, Oceanic Record)
  • 2 miles 8:03.50 (Eugene, Oregon, 06/10/2007, Oceanic Record)
  • 5,000 metres 12:55.76 (London, England, 07/30/2004, Oceanic Record)
  • 10,000 metres 27:34.48 (Stanford, United States, 05/04/2008)
  • 10 km (road) 27:54 (Manchester, England, 05/23/2004, Oceanic Record)

Craig is a big running star, but he is also a great guy, the kind of person that makes everyone around him at ease. When I asked him if he would agree to be my next guest in the series “Interviews with the elite”, it only took him a couple of seconds to reply “Happy to do it”.

Thank you for that Craig!

If you would like to ask Craig a question, you can do so by writing it down in the comment section of this post before July 31, 2010. I will choose the most relevant questions and pass them on to Craig.

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  1. Caleb

    Craig, how serious have you gotten with triathlon training, and at the moment which event are you hoping to do in London 2012?

    Thanks, keep tearing it up Buster!

    July 23, 2010