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27/09/2021

Magic McPhillips: Irish U20 1500m record stays in Longford as Cian McPhillips smashes Ray Flynn's 45-year-old record

Magic McPhillips: Irish U20 1500m record stays in Longford as Cian McPhillips smashes Ray Flynn's 45-year-old record

European U20 1,500m champion Cian McPhillips with his coach Joe Ryan and right: Cian with fellow Longford athlete Ray Flynn in 2014.

Fresh from his heroics in Estonia last weekend where he was crowned European U20 1,500m champion, Longford AC's mercurial Cian McPhillips was in awesome form at the AAI Summer Games in Carlow today as he set a new Irish U20 1500m record.

Brilliant McPhillips crossed the line in a time of 3:40.56, thereby slicing two seconds off the mark that stood for 45 years and was set by fellow Longford native Ray Flynn.

Ray has already tweeted his congratulations: "Keeping it Longford! Congratulations to our new European U20 Champion and now Irish Junior 1500m record holder Cian McPhillips!"

Last weekend, speaking from the USA, Ray told the Leader, “I first met Cian back in March of 2014 in Longford. I was told that he was a prodigy and that he was going to be a great runner one day. On Saturday, he proved that he is one of the bright young athletic stars in the world.

“Cian ran with self belief and showed that he is the best young middle distance runner in Europe. I am so proud of what he has accomplished, for himself, his family and his coach. I had Cian at the Millrose Games in New York in 2020 and he did not disappoint with a great win there.”

In a recent interview with The Irish Sun, Ronnie Delany, Ireland's iconic 1,500m gold medal winner at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games,  remarked,

“In my event, 1500m, (Cian McPhillips) who won the other day (Saturday, July 17 at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia) ran the last 400m in 54 seconds; paralleling me in the Olympic Games but also he ran 3.46:55. That is only five seconds slower that what I ran.”

Ronnie's time in '56 was 3:41.2 while Cian clocked 3:40.56 today!

Cian is now the 11th fastest U20 in the world this year, 2nd fastest European. He also set a new European U20 800m indoors last February so the Longford athlete's star continues to rise. 

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