9 Dec 2016

Buscomb wins in Melbourne

6:14 am on 9 December 2016

The New Zealand runner Camille Buscomb has claimed her first Zatopek 10,000m title with an upset win in Melbourne.

Buscomb clocked 32 minutes 34 seconds and won by 30 seconds.

New Zealand runner Camille Buscomb.

New Zealand runner Camille Buscomb. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Pre-race favourite and three-time winner Eloise Wellings was never in contention, with the Australian finishing fourth.

Jessica Ruthe was the last New Zealand woman to win the women's Zatopek in 2006, while the last men's winner was Robbie Johnston in 1994.

Buscomb finished second to Wellings in last year's Zatopek race and narrowly missed qualifying for New Zealand's Olympic team.

The Zatopek 10,000 is Australian athletics' most famous distance classic.