Luke Mathews

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Luke Mathews
Personal information
NationalityAustralia
Born (1995-06-21) 21 June 1995 (age 25)
Williamstown, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb) [1]
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 800 metres, 1500 metres
Coached by Elizabeth Mathews
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m: 1:45.16 min (2016)
1500 m: 3:35.57 min (2017)
Medal record
Representing Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Men's athletics
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2018 Gold Coast 800 m
Updated on 15 April 2018.

Luke Mathews (born 21 June 1995) is an Australian middle-distance runner who competes in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. He represented his country in both events at the 2016 Summer Olympics. As well as in the 4 × 800 m at the 2017 IAAF World Relays, the 1500m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships and in both events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He also competed for Australia at 2019 World Athletics Championships in the 800 m.

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Athletics career

Born in Williamstown, Melbourne, Mathews made his international debut at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics, being a semi-finalist in the 800 metres. [2] He made his breakthrough at senior level in 2016. After a win at the Hunter Track Classic he then ran world record holder David Rudisha to the line at the Melbourne Track Classic, recording a personal best of 1:45.16 minutes. It was the fastest time for the 800 m by an Australian in Australia for nearly 35 years. [3] [4]

He was selected to compete for Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in both 800 m and 1500 m. He was eliminated in the heats stages. [2] He competed for Australia at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in the 1500 m. He finished 1st in his Heat with the overall fastest time. He was just eliminated in the Semi-Final. He competed for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in both 800 m and 1500 m. He finished 3rd with a Bronze Medal in the 800m Final. He also made the Final of the 1500m. He competed for Australia at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in the 800 m. He finished 7th in his Heat.

Personal life

Mathews grew up in Werribee and Newport, Victoria and attended St Kevin's College, Melbourne. [5]

He was also a talented junior Australian Rules Footballer having a stint with the Western Jets before turning his focus to athletics. [6]

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws at Deakin University. [7]

Personal bests

All information from All-Athletics profile. [8]

International competitions

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States8th (sf)800 m 1:55.92
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil7th (h)800 m 1:50.17
13th (h)1500 m 3:44.51
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 19th (sf)1500 m 3:40.91
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia3rd800 m 1:45.60
12th1500 m 3:47.04
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 39th (h)800 m 1:50.16

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References

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  2. 1 2 Luke Mathews. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
  3. Gleeson, Michael (2016-03-06). Athletics: Luke Mathews in the frame for Rio Olympics. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
  4. Athlete Biography. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2016-08-21.
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