Sean Tobin competed in the Mens 3000m race at the Ostrava Golden Spike Track and Field meet last Wednesday night. In a top-class field, he finished in a very strong and creditable 4th place.
The winner was the Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei who failed in his bid to take down the world record for the distance and add to his already global best times in the 5000m and 10000m.
The race was frighteningly fast from the start with the pacemakers ensuring no respite for any of the competitors. The Clonmel AC vested Sean wisely opted to remain in the chasing pack and his fast finish was rewarded with an outdoor season’s best of 7mins 49.37 secs This compares very favourably with his personal best time of 7mins 45 secs set last September in Barcelona and sets him up very nicely for a big performance in the 5000m in next Sunday’s Diamond League fixture in Gateshead.
Once again, the field will be stacked with some of the most formidable athletes in the world lining up against him and that’s exactly what Sean thrives on. This competition presents him with an ideal opportunity of bringing his 5000m best time into new territory and we wish Sean our very best wishes in that attempt.
Once again Sean has shown his mettle in competing against the world’s best athletes and we offer him our heartiest congratulations in the season ahead. He truly is a remarkable athlete with the talent and scope to make this year’s Olympics. After this performance the dream is very much alive.