Ireland’s Nick Griggs set a new European U20 record for the indoor mile at the National Indoor Arena that was held on Thursday (10) in Abbotstown, Ireland.
The Tyrone athlete ran an incredible 3:56.40 as he finished second behind Olympian Andrew Coscoran who ran 3:56.27.
the 17 year-old also broke the Irish U20 record of 4.01.35, which had been set by Colin Costello in New York 15 years ago.
It is the third Irish U20 record which he has broken in recent weeks, adding to the indoor 1500m and 3000m marks which he set last month.
“To even be racing against an Olympian is mad, something I never thought I’d even be doing. I was thinking in my head that if I have a perfect race, 3:59.9 was on the cards.
“Andrew Coscoran, he just pulled me through. No way could I have got anything like that without him. The plan went pretty much perfect. Went out quite hard, and then Coscoran picked it up – I felt good, and went with him.
“I managed to come home with a new PB, a new European U20 record, which I’m absolutely buzzing about.”
Asked if he still had homework to do when he gets home, the Mid Ulster AC runner replied: “Surprisingly enough, I do have my homework done! I’ve got two study periods tomorrow to get some geography work done.”