Corindi Beach middle distance runner Jordan Gusman pictured here in Sydney is training in the US hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
Corindi Beach middle distance runner Jordan Gusman pictured here in Sydney is training in the US hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Contributed

Gusman close to making Olympic qualifying time

AFTER finishing second at the Australian Olympic trials, Corindi Beach runner Jordan Gusman is well and truly in the minds of selectors when it comes to picking the team for Rio.

The 1500 metres has become the 22-year-old's pet event and his dream of running in the Olympics came a step closer last week when he ran a personal best time of 3:38.58 in the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic held in Los Angeles.

That time is only 2.38 seconds outside the automatic qualification time for Rio.

Running as part of Team Saucony, Jordan's supportive sponsor, the local boy is making some of the world's best runners sit up and take notice.

The winner of the past five Sawtell fun runs moved to Canberra last year and it's a move that is obviously paying dividends.

Since the move he's taken eight seconds off his best time and in December became one of only 54 Australians in history to break the four-minute mile.

But now the under-23 national cross country champion is giving his all towards making the Olympic team.

Jordan has been in the United States for more than a month now with his Canberra squad and coach Dick Telford, training in the altitude regions near Flagstaff in Arizona as well as competing.

He's now back in Flagstaff for another 10-day training block before heading to Portland and Vancouver for another crack at reaching the Olympic standard.



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