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18/09/2021

Sensational run sees Longford's Cian McPhillips smash national junior record in one of the fastest indoor 800m in Irish athletics history

Longford's Cian McPhillips today produced an incredible performance as he set a new 800m National Junior Indoor record in a fantastic battle with Mark English at the Elite Micro Meet in the National Indoor Arena.

Cian's magnificent time of 1:46.13 is a new National Junior Indoor Record and the Longford Athletics club member is comfortably inside the qualifying standard for the European Indoor Senior Championships in Poland in 2 weeks’ time.

Cian finished in second place just behind Mark English whose time of 1:46.10 is a new National Senior Indoor Record.

It was one of the fastest indoor 800m in Irish athletics history and legendary Longford athlete Ray Flynn tweeted his congratulations to his fellow and spoke of his pride at Cian's achievements. 

"Keep an eye on this lad #cianmcphillips at 18, he just ran one of the fastest indoor 800m in Irish athletics history," enthused Karl Carpenter on Twitter, while Tom Maher acclaimed the young Longford athlete as "what a talent for the future is McPhillips".

The race (watch it below) was a sprint to the finish line with the experienced English just shading a thrilling battle.

The race was paced through 500m by Kevin Woods (Crusaders AC) and swift 27-second laps setting it up for a quick time.

Third place was John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) and John also achieved the European standard. 

18-year-old Cian has been patiently training away since his last race in August yet showed no race rustiness.

This is a superb achievement and great credit goes to his coach Joe Ryan for having Cian so well prepared.

The European Indoor Championships take place in Torun, Poland from March 5-7 and the qualifying standard for the 800m is 1:48.25 which Cian eclipsed by over two seconds. 

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