O'Hare in the Wanamaker Mile - USA Athletics Scholarships

O’Hare in the Wanamaker Mile

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Chris O’Hare of Edinburgh and Tulsa will compete in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on February 4th. The Millrose Games have gained cult status within the world of track and field through its famous location once yearly at Madison Square Gardens on an improvised 160m track. This year however, due to contractual problems with the operating company, the venue will be NYC’s 200m banked Armory track.

The Wanamaker Mile is steeped in history and renowned for Ireland and Villanova’s Eamonn Coghlan seven consecutive wins on the wooden boards at the Gardens. However the ‘Chairman of the Boards’ lost his record when former WSU and Kenyan miler, Bernard Lagat, notched his eighth consecutive win in 2010, albeit against a suspiciously subdued field.

This year’s race will also feature the man who pipped O’Hare to the NCAA Indoor mile last year, BYU’s 3:55 miler Miles Batty, as well other collegiates Erik van Ingen and Kyle Merber. Division II’s Silas Kisorio will also compete and is the man O’Hare narrowly pipped to the win in his 3:56 mile race in Fayetteville. The race is being billed as an attack on German Fernandez’s collegiate record of 3:55:02, clocked in a complete solo run in 2009 at Texas A&M’s new indoor facility. This still stands as a WJR in the indoor mile.

This is not O’Hare’s first taste of a professional mile as he finished 3rd at last year’s Drake Relays Invitational mile just holding off 3:46 miler and American record holder Alan Webb.

He told Armory Track website:

“It is very exciting knowing that the collegiate record is up for grabs but it will require a ‘Braveheart’ performance in order to achieve the mark,” O’Hare said. “A lot more than talent and good training goes into breaking such a prestigious record.”

Chris spoke to trackboundUSA earlier in the week, and there was no mention or cliched remark about everybody’s favourite Mel Gibson film.

Eamonn Coghlan in his element

Elsewhere in the meet, Eamonn Coughlan will be an honorary coach of a Dublin City University’s (DCU) DMR team, consisting of his son John on the anchor leg 1600m, who himself has PBs of 3:44 for 1500m and 4:00 for the mile.

It should be a great event.

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