Wednesday, February 27, 2013

30 Years Ago Tonight in Villanova History


Thirty years ago tonight, Villanova alum Eamonn Coghlan, a native of Dublin, Ireland set a world indoor record at the Meadowlands, becoming the first man to run under 3:50 for the distance indoors. Coghlan's time of 3:49.78 stood as the world indoor record for nearly 14 years, when it was broken by the great Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco, who still holds the record, and Cohglan is still the second fastest indoor miler in history. It wasn't until 2007 that someone ran a faster mile on a track in the United States.

Later in 1983, Coghlan would win the 5000m at the inaugural World Championship in Athletics.

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