The 2016 World U20 Champion, Kumari Taki started off his season with a bang in the men’s 1500m race at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.
The 23 year-old who came to this race with a life time best of 3:34.14 battled for honors with the 2019 Summer Universiade 1500m champion, Michal Rozmys who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 3:32.67 that he got in the finals at the Tokyo Olympics where he finished in position eight.
Taki was too swift as he took charge of the race in the final stretch to cross the line in season best of 3:34.77 with the Polish coming home in second in 3:35.40.
The European Indoor bronze medallist, Filip Sasinek from Czech Republic finished third in 3:36.40.
Ireland’s National champion, Andrew Coscoran and the British National Champion, George Mills finished in fourth and fifth place in 3:36.54 and 3:36.92 respectively.
- Kumari Taki (KEN) 3:34.77 SB
- Michal Rozmys (POL) 3:35.40 SB
- Filip Sasinek (CZE) 3:36.40
- Andrew Coscoran (IRL) 3:36.54 SB
- George Mills (GBR) 3:36.92 SB
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.”