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Flashback Friday: Coghlan transcends time with historic indoor mile (video)

“Never doubt Eamonn Coghlan. He’ll get you in the end,” said the New York Daily News in 1983 when Eamonn Coghlan broke the 3:50 barrier on this date at the Vitalis Invite Indoor Mile with 3:49.78 – the first sub 3:50 mile indoors.

“Coghlan’s time transcends the stopwatches and decimal points, it is epochal. He is ‘Chairman of the Boards’ and the clock is not the measure of his greatness.

He wins and Secretariat never looked better in the stretch.”

It was a phenomenal performance that still ranks him number two on the world all-time list for the mile indoors – only Hicham El Guerrouj has gone faster with 3:48.45 in 1997.

The 80s was a remarkable era for Irish milers and Ray Flynn placed second at the Meadowlands Arena in 3:51.2 on Coghlan’s record run that also had Steve Scott in the field – the man with the most sub 4 minute miles in history with 136. You can watch Eamonn’s magical run below.

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