Occupation: Bachelor of Commerce/Law - Deakin University (2014-current)
800m: 1:45.16 (Melbourne AUS, 5 Mar 2016),
1500m: 3:35.57 (Hengelo NED, 11 Jun 2017),
Mile: 3:54.53 (Eugene USA, 27 May 2017),
3000m: 8:23.10 (Melbourne AUS, 8 Dec 2012)
A successful junior middle-distance runner, Luke Mathews burst onto the scene in the summer of 2016. He had made the semi-final of the 800 metres at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, then in 2016 he improved his 800 and 1500 metres personal bests and competed briefly in Europe.
He became the talk of the athletics community with a very comfortable win over 800 metres in his season debut at the Hunter Track Classic in January 2016. In March at the world challenge meet in Melbourne he raced the 800 metres world record holder David Rudisha, regarded as the world’s greatest ever half miler, and pushed him all the way to the line. His run was an Olympic qualifying time, a two-second personal best and the fastest time by an Australian on home soil for 34 years.
After placing second to his then training partner and national record holder Ryan Gregson over 1500m at the Sydney Track Classic, he claimed the national 800 metres title and secured automatic Rio selection.
In Rio, in his senior international debut, he didn’t progress out of the heats of the 800m and 1500m. Domestically in 2017, he embarked on a busy Nitro Athletics campaign, before defending his national 800m title on April 1. He compiled a strong series of lead-up performances to the 2017 IAAF World Championships, recording PBs at 1000m, 1500m (3:35.57) and mile (3:54.53). His lead-up form continued into the world championships where he progressed to the 1500m semi-final and just missed the final by 0.31 seconds and two places. Our last finalist was 24 years ago.
He has compiled a short but very successful domestic season. He opened his campaign in Canberra over 800m on January 27 with a win over a strong 800m field, then followed this with a low key mile win in Melbourne.
In mid-February he defended his national 800m crown and booked his place in the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games.
Coached by his mother Elizabeth Mathews, he is studying Commerce and law at Deakin University.
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