O’Hare boosts Euro hopes with New York time

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WEST LINTON middle-distance star Chris O’Hare may have been disappointed with his sixth place in the Wanamaker Mile at the 108th Millrose Games at the Armory Centre in New York, but his time was certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

O’Hare’s mark of 3:55.35 made him the 100th athlete to record a sub-four minutes time in the meeting’s history.

The Edinburgh AC ace, due to run in the 1500 metres at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday as he chases a place in the European Indoor Championships in Prague, produced a performance which was the equivalent of 3:40.42 for the 1500m and puts him top of the UK rankings and well inside the target qualifying time of 3:42.0 set by the UK selectors.

US star Mark Centrowitz won the New York event for the second year in a row in 3:51.35, just 0.01 sec outside his winning PB mark of last year and just ahead of Kiwi Nick Willis, who set a national record of 3:51.46.

Bernard Lagat, the 40-year-old US and former Kenyan veteran, set a remarkable World Masters record of 3:54.9 in fourth place.

• CHRIS O’HARE’S younger brother Dominic (EAC), won the Scottish Under-20 title for the 1500 metres at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.