14 June 2007 – Oslo, Norway – Despite his oft-displayed humour, cheeky irreverence and laid back attitude, Craig Mottram has nothing but the utmost respect for tomorrow’s Dream Mile, the meet-capping signature event of the ExxonMobil Bislett Games, which is the start of the IAAF Golden League 2007.
“A lot of history”
“Tomorrow night’s going to be very tough to win,” said the 26-year-old Australian. “We’ve got a great field, it’s always loaded. That’s why it’s called the Dream Mile. There’s always great athletes and that’s why it’s a big challenge to win. Tomorrow night will be no exception. It’s going to be a great race.”
By any measure, the field is indeed deep with talent. Kenyans Alex Kipchirchir, arguably last season's finest miler, and Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, the fastest in the world last year at 1500 metres and the winner of last weekend's fast Prefontaine Classic race in 3:48.28, are both in the field.