Birmingham wins Noosa 5km

5 November 2012

Australian distance runner Collis Birmingham continued his strong finish to 2012 on Saturday by claiming a fifth straight victory in the Noosa Bolt 5km road race.

Birmingham and his training partners Brett Robinson and Ryan Gregson controlled the race, with the the tall Victorian powering away in the closing stages to clock a winning time of 13 minutes 56 seconds.

Birmingham, 27, had been bitterly disappointed to be eliminated in the 5000m heats at the London Olympics in August.

But rather than running a line through the rest of the year, he hit back hard, setting a 3000m PB of 7:35.45 in Stockholm and winning over the same distance against a world-class field in Rieti, Italy in early September.

"I don't like to dwell on it too much, but I had a few problems about 10 days out from the Olympics, which was hard and meant I wasn't able to do all the things I usually do to prepare for a big race," said Birmingham.

"After the Olympics I was disappointed and a little embarrassed.

"I could have disappeared for a while but I got back into training and 10 days later I showed the sort of form I thought I should have had in London.

"But you can't go back, you've got to look forward.

"I know I've got to improve a lot, to make sure those sort of things don't happen."

Even though he finished 11 seconds clear of Robinson on Saturday, Birmingham said he had to work had for the win in Noosa.

"I know I won by a bit in the end but the first four Ks was very difficult," he said.

"It was hot and there was a bit of a headwind up the back straight."

New Zealander Lucy van Dalen clocked 17:24 to win the women's Noosa Bolt ahead of defending title-holder Susan Kuijken from the Netherlands.

London Olympian Zoe Buckman was the leading Australian in third place.

John Salvado
AAP

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