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Flashback Friday: Coghlan runs mile relay by himself

Eamonn Coghlan’s Wanamaker mile record may have been broken by Bernard Lagat but in 1987 he was the man. He won his 7th Wanamaker Mile and Frank Litsky’s opening paragraph of the night in the New York Times summed up the popularity and character he still holds in New York.

“Forget the shinbones that kept getting fractured, and forget the dog that bit him five times and helped break his left hand, and forget the diet that almost ruined him. Forget all the bad things that sidelined him so often. Eamonn Coghlan is back. Last night, the 34-year-old Irishman won the most glamorous race of indoor track, the Wanamaker Mile, in the most glamorous of indoor meets, the 80th annual Wanamaker Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden. He won the way he had won so often in the past, with a driving, blasting finish that had the screaming capacity crowd of 18,122 on its feet. Coghlan’s time of 3 minutes 55.91 was nothing special for him, but a victory by the most popular miler of this era is always special.” You can read the full article here

Following on from this, NBC show Sports World had a special challenge where Coghlan took on four high school runners in a mile relay with each taking on 400m each as he ran the full distance. Check out the video below and find out what happened.

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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