The Physical Performance Show: Luke Mathews AUS Track & Field Representative & Olympian

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Luke Mathews

This week Brad Beer sits down with Luke Mathews – Australian Olympian and Track and Field representative in the 800m and 1500m. Luke reflects on his stellar 2015 campaign and how he dealt with the disappointment he felt after the Rio Olympics in 2016. Luke shares about the Nitro Athletics experience and racing Usain Bolt and his excitement heading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

    • Highs and Lows of his athletics career
    • What he has learnt throughout his athletics career so far
    • Racing Usain Bolt at Nitro Athletics
    • Luke’s recovery tips
    • Funny running stories
    • Having his mum as a coach
    • His focus for the future and the 2018 Commonwealth Games


0:00 Start

1:05 Introduction

1:20 Hawaii Ironman World Championship Triathlon wrap up

3:32 Introduction to Luke Matthews

4:35 Start of interview

6:55 Luke’s start in Track & Field

8:10 Luke’s ‘retirement’ from Track and Field for AFL

8:40 Deciding to go back to running and his success

9:25 Falling out of love with AFL

11:00 Heading off to Rio – making the Olympics

11:55 Under performing at the Olympics – the heartbreak

12:35 Pulling apart and reflecting on his Rio Olympic campaign

17:25 Making the Australian team

19:14 The lead up to Rio: The Melbourne Track Classic

21:25 Nitro Athletics and Usain Bolt

25:05 The IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017

28:25 Breaking the 4-minute mile

30:29 Meeting Sebastian Coe

31:50 Performance Round

47:38 Listener questions

49:45 Focus for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

53:51 Tranining advice

56:25 Working on his technique

57:26 Luke’s goal over the next 6 months

58:25 Luke’s dinner table

01:00 Luke’s thank you to his supporters

01:40 Luke’s Physical Challenge

1:03:40 Looking forward to the future of athletics in Australia

1:04:48 Close

1:06:43 Show End

To follow Luke:

Facebook: Luke Mathews

Instagram: @lukemathews

Twitter: @LukeMathews95

Luke’s IAAF Stats

Luke’s 2016 Melbourne Track Classic Performance – Post race interview with Mossy & Robbo





Sanctuary Lakes Foundation

His mum!

Luke’s Physical Challenge

Previous Podcast Guests Mentioned

Kona Wrap:

Jenny Alcorn

Pete Jacobs

Tim Van Berkel

Brent McMahon

Luke’s mentions:

Ryan Gregson

Eloise Wellings

Charlotte Purdue

Nick Willis: Episode 13 and Episode 38

For questions and comments about this Episode

Send to the show host @Brad_Beer (Twitter)

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