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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Indoors record attempt tough for milers

Paul Robinson. Pic: Sportsfile
Paul Robinson. Pic: Sportsfile

Four Irish milers will make an attempt on the world indoor 4x1 mile indoor record at the AIT Arena on Saturday December 17.

If they succeed in Athlone, Ireland will be in the unique position of holding both the indoor and outdoor 4x1 mile world records. Back in 1985, Eamonn Coghlan, Ray Flynn, Marcus O'Sullivan and Frank O'Mara combined to set an outdoor 4x1 mile record on a memorable evening in Belfield.

Making up the team for the indoor world record attempt are Paul Robinson of St Coca's, John Travers of Donore Harriers, Kilkenny's Eoin Everard and Kieran Kelly of St Abban's.

The current record of 16 mins 16.67 secs was set by the USA in 1993 and to break that all four Irish athletes will have to run close to four minutes for their mile split. Robinson, Travers and Everard have all broken the four-minute barrier and the promising Kelly has been lowering his times for the past year.

With Robinson's outdoor personal best of 3:54 for the mile, Travers' PB of 3:55 and Everard's PB of 3:58, along with Kelly's best time of 3:43 for 1500m, the prospect of establishing a new world record is certainly realistic.

However, indoor running is slower than outdoor running due to tighter bends, and all must perform to their best on the day. Pushing them hard will be a European select squad.

Team captain is Galway man Paul Donovan, a two-time Olympian, World Indoor medal winner and specialist in middle-distance relays.

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