John Coghlan, son of Eamonn, joined an exclusive club at the weekend, when he ran a sub four minute mile in Boston.
The Irish man posted the time at the Terrier Indoor Invitational at Boston University, running 3:59.32. The performance saw the Coghlan’s become the first Irish father-son combination to break the magical barrier.
The race itself was won by 23-year-old David McCarthy, from Waterford, who improved his previous mile best of 3:57.75 to a very impressive 3:55.75 – the Boston track record and second fastest in the world this year.
Coghlan, took time out from his studies at Dublin City University so he could run the US Indoor circuit, and admitted he “came over here to run under four,” . He went on: “That was the object of the game. I came over here because you’ll always get better quality races.”
“Of course, every runner still loves to break that four minutes. And the fact that my dad did it so many times, and was one of the best over the mile, especially indoors. So just to start to replicate him, and even do half of what he did, would be just great.”
Coghlan senior said: “To do it in your very first race of the indoor season is never easy. John has also done very little speed work so far this season, so I think he can actually go faster in the next few weeks.”