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International Men

Tony has coached athletes in many countries directly or by correspondence over the years. Many started as juniors or Under 23's. Not mentioned here are the many triathletes who have represented their country in various age group categories because there are simply too many to list. The following list represents the best of the international athletes.


  Ryan Hall (USA)

Ryan Hall started his athletic career at Big Bear HS in California and emerged in the same era as other great US HS'ers Matt Tempenkoff, Dathan Ritzenhein and Alan Webb graduating with times of 51/400m; 1:49/800m; 3:42.7/1500m (=3:59.9/mile).

Initially his father Mickey was his mentor and then Irv Ray started to coach him.

At the same time Irv Ray and myself (Tony Benson) were collaborating on the writing "Run With The Best', a coaching book based my athletic and coaching experiences and which would become a best seller for Track & Field News and Irv would consult regularly with me on Ryan's program every year during the period we were running our high school track & field International Athletic Exchange program to the USA.


Ryan's performances can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Hall_(runner).

  Donal Mahon (Ireland)

An Irish 2004 World Long Course Duathlon representative at 39 (!) Donal came to Australia with the aim of competing in the Ironman (when he debuted in 9 hr 33 min) and from this moved on the represent his country at the elite level.


Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)

The 2002 World Junior XC Champion and the 2003 5000m Champion is coached by Patrick Sang using Benson "Run With The Best" technique principles. His best time during this period was 12:52 for 5000m at 18 years of age. A year later he won the Bronze medal in the 5000m at the Athens Olympics.

  Isidro del Prado (Philippines)

1984 Olympian, 1986 Asian Games Gold Medalist, 1985 Asian A.A.A. Champion, Asian 400m Record Holder. Isidro was one of the most talented athletes I ever had the priviledge of coaching. With a 45.6/400m pb and great natural endurance he was a potential sub 1:40 minute 800m runner. Moving forward I'm very proud he became the PR Head Coach.


Hector Begeo (Philippines)

A three time Olympic Steeplechaser who semi-finaled at Seoul in 1988 he won four SEAG gold medals between 1983 and 1989 as well as the 1983 Asian Games Bronze Medalist.

Hector also embodies all that is said about talent and ability. His determination to succeed resulted in representing his country at three Olympics far exceeded his genetic talent. In short he was the most outstanding athlete of the Philippines renowned GINTONG ALAY period.

  Rip Oldmeadow (USA)

1998 Australian Ironman Age Group winner with a best of 9:07 hour.


David Girardet

Elite Swiss Junior 1998, World Triathlon & Duathlon representative

 Jeff Smith (New Zealand)

A 1:54 hour Olympic Distance triathlete Jeff's biggest moment came when he was selected into New Zealand's World Junior Elite team in 1997.


Ray Wicksell (USA)

A former miler Ray ran 13:25.0 for 5000m under Tony's guidance in 1985

  Ouyhouch Hassan (Morocco)

1987 Africa Games Representative, 1988 Pan Arab Games Representative


Jaime Grafilo (Philippines)

1981 SEAG 400mH Gold medalist, 1983 SEAG 400mH Silver Medalist

  Renato Unso (Philippines)

1983 SEAG 400mH Gold Medalist, 1983 SEAG 110mH Silver Medalist, 1982 ASEAN Cup 400mH Winner


 David Carmelo (Philippines)

1981 SEAG 10,000m Gold Medalist, 1981 SEAG 5,000m Silver Medalist


Arturo Alimbuyao (Philippines)

1981 SEAG 10,000m Silver Medalist, 1981 SEAG 5,000m Bronze Medalist

Jimmy de la Torre (Philippines)

1981 SEAG Marathon Gold Medalist, 1983 SEAG Marathon Silver Medalist


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