John Coghlan, son of Villanova legend Eamonn Coghlan, narrowly missed joining his father as a sub-4:00 miler tonight in Dublin. He finished 9th in the Morton Mile in 4:00.79. The time is a major new PR for Coghlan and provides more evidence of the significant improvements he's made over the past year. If he accomplishes this feat, the Coghlans would be the first Irish father-son duo to break the 4:00 barrier.
Here's a blurb from the BBC about the race:
Emerging Irish athlete Ciaran O'Lionaird broke the four-minute barrier for the first time as he finished an excellent third in an exciting Morton Mile.
O'Lionaird clocked 3:57.99 after leading at the bell with US athlete Jordan McNamara winning in 3:56.82.
Kildare man Paul Robinson was also under four minutes for the first time as he clocked 3:59.99 to finish seventh while John Coghlan, son of 1983 World 5,000m champion Eamonn Coghlan, was ninth in 4:00.79.
The only three USA father-son sub-4:00 miler duos (with their initial sub-4:00 mile time listed) are:
3:58.8 Barry Brown 05/13/72
3:59.99 Darren Brown 04/05/2003
3:59.2 Matt Centrowitz 05/24/75
3:57.92 Matt Centrowitz, Jr. 02/14/09
3:58.7 Sam Bair 06/23/67
3:59.72 Sam Bair, Jr. 02/13/10
Another one (with a slight Villanova connection) is:
3:54.16 Kip Keino 08/30/65
3:58.73 Martin Keino 06/04/94