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Cork 18-Year-Old Smashes Irish U20 5000m Record In Belgium

Cork 18-Year-Old Smashes Irish U20 5000m Record In Belgium

Darragh McElhinney set a new Irish U20 5000m record in Belgium over the weekend.

The 18-year-old from Glengarriff ran 13:54.10 at a meeting in Oordegem, one which saw numerous Irish athletes competing.

His time beat the previous record of 14:02.30 set by Ennis Track's Kevin Mulcaire four years ago in Stretford.

It was also a massive personal best for the Bantry AC athlete who ran 14:11.80 at the same meeting a year ago.

McElhinney is the first Irish U20 to go under 14 minutes for the distance.

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Earlier this year, he broke the Irish U20 5000m indoor record, running 14:13.67 and beating the previous best by over 23 seconds.

Photo by Piaras Γ“ MΓ­dheach/Sportsfile

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