<h5>Australian All Schools Championships & Zatopek:10</h5>
<p>MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 05: David Mcneill of Old Xaverians celebrates after crossing the line to win the Zatopek Mens 10000m Open during the Australian All Schools Championships & Zatopek:10 at Lakeside Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.</p>
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David McNeill

David McNeill

Athletics Schedule & Results

(Local) / 09:27 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's 10,000m

27:51.71 (16th)

Mohamed Farah (GBR)
Paul Kipngetich Tanui (KEN)
Tamirat Tola (ETH)

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Athlete Biography

David McNeill secured selection for Rio 2016 by running a 10,000m qualifying time in USA in May 2015 and then winning Zatopek in December. This will be his second Games after competing in the 5,000m at London 2012.

McNeill missed qualification for the 2015 World Championships 10,000m by 0.01 seconds.

McNeill is a self-proclaimed foodie and cooking enthusiast. Once baked a cake that Jamie Oliver liked and retweeted on twitter!

He has been a vegetarian most of his life, and more recently, a pescatarian

Has had research published in three different scientific journals.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 28th (5000m)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (10,000m) - 2015 Zatopek Classic (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 4th (10,000m) - 2015 Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, USA)
  • 87th (X-Country) - 2015 World Cross Country Championships (Guiyang, China)

Career Highlights

  • 2008 and 2015 Australian 10,000m champion.
  • 2010 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5000m champion.
  • Running at the 2012 London Olympics in front of my family.


  • Primary
    St Anthony's Primary School (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Xavier College (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - Northern Arizona University (2007 - 2010); Master of Science in Exercise Physiology - Northern Arizona University (2012-2014)


  • Coach
    Nic Bideau (2014-present)
  • Club
    Old Xaverians Athletic Club
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Flagstaff, Arizona, USA


Favourite food
Favourite music
House music
Dream car
I don't dream about cars
Personal Motto
My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Haile Gebrselassie's second gold medal in Sydney 2000
First Olympic Memory?
Watching Cathy Freeman win silver in Atlanta over 400m
Most Influential person in your career/life
Former training partner, 4x Olympian, and all round good bloke, Bernard Lagat
Why this sport?
When I run, I feel happiest. I feel running creates the best version of myself for all other aspects of my life.