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.
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.