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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 48th (1500m)

Recent Performances

  • 5th (800m) - Diamond League (Shanghai, China)
  • 6th (800m) - Daegu Colorful Meeting (Daegu, Korea)
  • 1st (1500m) - 2012 National Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2nd (800m) - Australian Olympic Trials (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 4th (1500m) - Australian Olympic Trials (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 7th (1500m) - 2011 World Championships (Daegu, Korea)

Career Highlights

  • Winning first Australian title over 1500m in a personal best 3.35.7 at the 2009 National Championships in Brisbane
  • Winning my third straight 1500m at the World Challenge Meeting in Melbourne in 2011 beating the Olympic Champion
  • Runing two PBs of 1.44.64 (800m) in Reiti, Italy September 2011 and 3.32.93 (1500m) in Rome 2009

Interesting Facts

  • Jeff Riseley has been selected to race the 800m and 1500m at the London Olympics. At the Beijing Olympics he was a late selection for the Team and placed 12th in his 1500m heat. He has competed at the 2007 (800m), 2009 and 2011 (1500m) World Championships and is aiming for his first major finals appearance.
  • His personal best for the 800m of 1:44.64 (Sept 2011) makes him the second fastest Australian in history behind Ralph Doubell's gold medal winning time from Mexico 1968. His 1500m best of 3:32.93 from July 2009 ranks him as the third fastest Australian.
  • He missed the 2010 international season including the Commonwealth Games after a plantar fascia injury required surgery.
  • Riseley competed in Little Athletics from ages seven to 14 and didn't enjoy middle distance, instead focusing on jumps. He did not commence senior athletics until he was 18.
  • Riseley's running track and two houses in his street were burned down in the Black Saturday bushfires that ravaged Victoria on February 7, 2009. He spends a lot of time training in Falls Creek Victoria in Australia.


Years on national team



Nic Bideau (2008 - current)
Richard Huggins (2004 - 2007)

Primary Training Base

Melbourne, Australia

Secondary Training Base

London, Great Britain


Knox Athletics Club (VIC, Australia)


Victorian Institute of Sport, Melbourne



Don Bosco Primary School (VIC, Australia)


Mazenod College (VIC, Australia)


Bachelor of Exercise Science/Sports Management - Deakin University (2009 - )

Athletics Team

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