Talented Longford athlete Cian McPhillips has created history by becoming the first 17 year old ever to run under 3 minutes 50 seconds for 1,500 metres in Ireland.
The rising Longford AC star achieved the magnificent feat on Saturday, May 4 during the Senior Men's 1,500m A Race at the IMC (Irish Milers Club) in Greystones.
Cian finished fifth in a time of 3.49.85 and highly regarded Athletics Ireland coach Steven Macklin described Cian's run as 'the standout performance' of the meeting.
Great start to the season at yesterday’s @IrishMilersClub meet. Standout performance U17 athlete Cian McPhilips Longford AC running 3.49 1500m! Thanks to Michael & Susan for continuing to provide valuable race opportunities to Irish endurance athletes! ☘️ @irishathletics pic.twitter.com/2BH7hvxQp4— Steven Macklin (@coach_SM) May 6, 2018
The IMC was Cian's first outdoor race of the season. Cian's time - 3:49:85 - was just over 3 seconds off the national youth record (under 18) which Cian is still eligible for in 2019 and only 7 seconds off the national junior record (under 20) set by Longford's Ray Flynn in 1976.
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