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55-year-old Irish runner torches masters 3,000m international checklist


Irish masters runner Shane Healy may well be the quickest 55-year-old distance runner on this planet. On Jan. 6 at an indoor monitor meet in Dublin, Healy torched the M55+ 3,000m international checklist by means of 11 seconds, clocking a jaw-dropping 8 mins and 47 seconds.

Healy positioned 6th in his 3,000m warmth, beating a number of runners a 3rd of his age. His record-setting time surpassed the former indoor mark set by means of German runner Guenther Hasselmann 44 years in the past. Healy’s time used to be additionally faster than the three,000m outside checklist of 8:56.80, set by means of Australian Keith Bateman in 2010.

For plenty of distance runners, breaking 9 mins for three,000m is an important milestone, but Healy is doing it by means of a landslide at 55 years previous, which is mind-blowing. His international checklist time of 8:47.71 equates to a median tempo of 2 mins and 56 seconds consistent with kilometre and a velocity of over 20.5 km/hr.

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The 55-year-old middle-distance runner has been tearing up the monitor for a number of a long time. In 1996, Healy represented Eire on the Atlanta Olympics within the males’s 1,500m the place he made the semi-final. He retired from operating in 1999 however after nearly a five-year hiatus, he returned to the game and started breaking Irish and international masters information.

Closing 12 months, at 54, the Irishman set the M50+ indoor 1,500m international checklist of four:01.76. Healy grew to become 55 on Oct. 8, and we will be able to believe he’s going to be including the M55+ 1,500m indoor checklist of four:11.79 to his spectacular resume this season.


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