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Marshall on right track for Worlds

Lamont Marshall had another record-breaking performance at the weekend.

The Bermuda Day Half-Marathon champion shattered his national indoor record in the 3,000 metres at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

He covered the distance in 8:08.69 to finish fifth in an overall field of nearly 200 runners.

Among the elite runners he beat was Harry Mulenga, of Zambia, the 2014 KPMG Elite Men's Mile champion.

It was the second time that Marshall has run faster than his national outdoor time of 8:25.15, having posted a 8:18.01 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at the same venue last month.

“It was a fantastic run,” said Marshall's father and coach, Larry Marshall Sr.

“Tactically he corrected the error he made two weeks ago and ran conservatively at the back of the 14-runner field, ensuring he stayed in lane one because he didn't want to waste energy and time going out in lane two.

“That worked well because he was at the back with about six laps to go he moved up and overtook several runners and in the last lap he overtook two or three more and ended up coming fifth overall in the top heat.

“To put in context the quality of the field, he beat the 2014 Front Street Mile winner [Mulenga] who finished ninth two seconds behind Lamont despite running a personal best.”

Marshall is using the indoor 3,000 event as base training for the outdoor 3,000 steeplechase, in which he hopes to qualify for the World Championships in London in August.

“This definitely sets Lamont up perfectly going forward,” Larry marshall added.

“He wanted to get around 8:05, but 8:08 is good enough and this is setting him up to reach the 8:32 standard [the IAAF World Championships qualifying mark] for the steeplechase and also allows entry into top heats at various meets against quality competition which is what he needs.”

Marshall, who competed at the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015, has a personal best in the steeplechase of 8:58, which he needs to lower by another 28 seconds to qualify for the Championships. He will now focus on the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association Cross Country Championships in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 4.

“That's a five-mile cross country race, which is his favourite terrain, so Lamont is going to go all out,” Larry Marshall said.

“He is looking to acquit himself well in that race and hopefully get a top-five finish because coming off these back-to-back Bermuda records the confidence is definitely there.”

Dage Minors captured glory competing at the same indoor meet at the weekend.

The Bermudian won the men's 800 metres race competing for Franklin Pierce University in 1min 48.97sec to finish sixth hundredths of a second ahead of second-placed Tyler Scheving.

Alvaro Chavez, of Connecticut, rounded off the podium in 1:49.35.

Minors' personal indoor best in the 800 stands at 1:48.70.

Marshall shattered his national indoor 3,000 metres record (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 14, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 13, 2017 at 10:02 pm)

Marshall on right track for Worlds

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