Sippy Downs dynamo races to world number 1
A gifted and passionate Coast teenager is stamping his mark as a leading athlete after powering his way to national and international honours.
Sippy Downs star Peyton Craig, 15, claimed an impressive nine-second personal best in the open level 1500m at the State Athletics Championships at the weekend.
While he finished second, only a runner seven years his senior could beat Craig, with the blistering 3mins48.78secs time propelling him into the world number one ranking for the distance in the under 18 division.
Craig was excited to be the world's fastest 1500m runner for the season.
"It's pretty cool when you think about it," he said.
"To have your name at number one, that's crazy."
He also won the 800m race for the U17 boys at the state meet in Brisbane.
While he's competed at numerous school championships and even been crowned state and national champion at those meets, it was the first time he'd pushed himself on the track at the state level for his club at the University Of The Sunshine Coast.
He will next head to the national championships where he will contest the 1500m and 3000m.
He posted a huge 20-second personal best time of 8mins19.74secs in the open category during the Queensland 3000m Championships last month.
His efforts have continued a rich history of running glory for the teenager, who not only claimed an Australian record in the 1500m when he was 12 in 2017 but who was a state and national cross country champion in 2019 and 2018 respectively.
His recent success hasn't gone unnoticed either.
"I've had two of the track and field coaches get in contact with me from different American universities," Craig said.
It's not just running where the teenager has found success, with Craig currently among the top U19 triathletes in the country.
It's triathlon where his true passion lies.
He took out the opening round of the Australian Junior and Youth Triathlon Series in December and placed fourth at the Australian Junior Championships in the 16-19 years age group earlier this year.
Craig, the 2019 national school triathlon champion, has his sights fixed firmly on the Paris Olympics.
"That's always been the ultimate goal," he said.
The Chancellor State College student put his recent form down to a dedicated training regime during the COVID-19 shutdown of sport.
"I really came out of that break strong and I was training a lot throughout that period having bit more extra time," he said.
"So, it was really good to see all that hard work pay off throughout the season this year and I've achieved pretty much all the goals I set to be honest."
He also said running coach and Chancellor teacher Brendan Mallyon had been integral to his success on track.
He kicked off the week in fine form too, selected into the U18 Sunshine Coast team after the regional touch football titles on Tuesday.