GRAFTON-born middle distance runner Zoe Buckman can lay claim to being the third fastest Australian woman in history over 1500m after producing a personal best at a meet in Italy at the weekend.
Buckman produced a sizzling 4:05.06 run against a world-class field at an event in Rieti, on the outskirts of Rome.
The time would have won the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea earlier this month. American Jennifer Simpson won the women's 1500m event at Deagu in 4:05.40.
Despite eclipsing Simpson's mark, Buckman could only manage ninth in Italy but her effort has her within reach of the Australian record.
West Australian athlete Sarah Jamieson set the national record (4:00.93) in 2006.
With the 2012 London Olympics calling, Buckman has slashed her 1500m times in recent years (see factbox below).
The 22-year-old's performance in Italy hacked almost eight seconds off her previous best.
Buckman's best times of recent years.-
The time would have won the gold medal at the World Championships in South Korea earlier this month
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