Ryan Gregson

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Ryan Gregson
Ryan Gregson Rio 2016.jpg
Gregson at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Australian
Born (1990-04-26) 26 April 1990 (age 30)
Wollongong, Australia
Height184 cm (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 meters, mile
ClubKembla Joggers
Melbourne Track Club
Coached byNic Bideau [2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 meters : 1:46.04 [3]
1500 meters : 3:31.06 [3]
Mile : 3:52.24 [3]
Updated on 4–24–15.

Ryan Gregson (born 26 April 1990) [4] is an Australian middle-distance runner. He did hold the Australian record for the men's 1500 metres now held by Stewart McSweyn. [5]


Personal life

Gregson studied carpentry at TAFE NSW in Wollongong and has a degree in business and marketing from the Swinburne University of Technology. As a teenager he competed nationally in cricket and field hockey. His is married to Olympic runner Genevieve Gregson (née LaCaze) [6] and his cousin Casey Sablowski is an Olympic field hockey player. [7]

Running career


Gregson finished 5th in the boys' 1500 metres at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava. [8] Later that year, he set new Australian youth records over 1500 metres, 3000 metres and 5000 metres, his 3000m clocking of 8:01.26 also eclipsing Craig Mottram's Australian junior record. [9] [10] At the 2008 World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz he again finished 5th over 1500 metres and also participated in the 5000 metres. [4] In 2009, his last year as a junior, he set new Australian junior records over both 3000 and 1500 metres, with times of 7:57.45 and 3:37.24 respectively. [10]


Gregson finished 4th in the 1500 metres at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia, missing out on medaling by only 0.22 seconds. [11] Gregson also qualified for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, where he again competed in the 1500 metres and was eliminated in the heats. [4] [12]

He captured his first national senior title at the 2010 Australian Championships in Athletics, out-sprinting World Championships semi-finalist Jeff Riseley to win the 1500 metres. [13] Gregson's first appearance in IAAF's brand-new Diamond League was at Eugene's Prefontaine Classic on 3 July, where he won the second-tier International Mile. [14] [15]

Gregson next appeared in a Diamond League race on 24 July, in the Herculis meet at Fontvieille, Monaco. He improved his personal best over 1500 metres by more than four seconds to 3:31.06 and finished 5th, beating among others former World Champion and Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat and breaking Simon Doyle's 19-year-old Australian and Oceanian record. [16] [17] He missed the 2010 Commonwealth Games in October due to a stress fracture to his foot. [18] He did not progress past the first round at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and finished in 9th at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. [19] [20]

Gregson was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympic 1500 m event in 2012, [21] while at the 2016 Olympics he placed ninth in the final. Gregson was the first Australian man in a 1500 meters final in 40 years.

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