“A lot goes into it and whether other groups need it more than us. Luckily I don’t have to make that decision. I will leave it up to the experts to decide that.”
Robinson, the 29-year-old who is qualified for the Olympic marathon, said sport should understand life’s priorities.
“I saw this with the cricket, I don’t think so,” he said in answer to the question of whether athletes should get priority access to vaccines for the Olympics.
“There are bigger things to worry about than a running race. There are people dying, so we just do a running race, I don’t think we should get priority at all,” said Robinson who won the Zatopek in 28:00.25 from Jack Rayner in second in 28:13.42.
“Athletes are thinking they are so hard done by, but people are losing their jobs and their lives. I think that is so much worse than a running race.″
It’s a frustration for McSweyn who has yet to compete at an Olympics due to injury but at 25 is in career-best form, smashing national records across multiple distances, and mixing it with the best in the world in the European races that have been held over the past 12 months.
“When you are in peak form and everything is going well you want to have your big chance because in sport you need to take your opportunities when they come,” he said.
In the women’s event the next generation announced itself on the national stage with 21-year-old NSW runner Rose Davies claiming the Zatopek in 31:39.97 from 25-year-old former US college runner Isobel Batt-Doyle in 31:43.26.
In the 1500, Linden Hall won in 4:04.33 while Jordan Williamsz (3:35.59) edged out Ryan Gregson (3:39.85) to win the men’s event.