Barrios breaks four minute mile barrier in Donegal

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History was created at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny when Juan Luis Barrios became the first ever athlete to run a sub four minute mile in Donegal.

A quality field had been assembled by the organisers and when the leaders went through half way in just under two minutes, a sub four minute mile looked on the cards. It was touch and go when they took the bell in 3:00 and with the wind against them down the back straight - 3:30 was on the clock with 200 metres remaining - the history-making feat looked all but gone.

Runners in the Four Minute Mile Challenge at the Danny McDaid Athletic Track in Letterkenny

Runners in the Four Minute Mile Challenge at the Danny McDaid Athletic Track in Letterkenny

But the Mexican opened up and found another gear around the last bend and down the home straight and had just over half a second to spare when the clock stopped. While the trackside clock stopped at 3:59.44, the official time was 3:59.33. Kenya’s Vincent Murtai, with a personal best of 3:35.45, also dipped under the four minute barrier when clocking 3:59.63.

The video is published here courtesy of Donegal TV.