Australian teenager Cameron Myers has joined an exclusive club of runners to break the four-minute mile, becoming the second-youngest person to achieve the feat after Norwegian superstar Jakob Ingebrigtsen. Myers, aged just 16 years and 259 days, clocked an impressive time of three minutes 55.44 seconds at the Maurie Plant Classic in Melbourne on Thursday, finishing third behind Australia’s Commonwealth Games 1500m champion Olli Hoare.
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Myers’ time was faster than the reigning Olympic 1500m champion, and he shaved an incredible 12 seconds off his personal best in the process. His achievement upstaged US sprint superstar Fred Kerley and demonstrated his enormous potential as a runner.
1 Hoare, Ollie 97 AUS 3:52.24 2 Tanner, Sam 00 NZL 3:53.83 3 Myers, Cameron 06 AUS 3:55.44 4 Davies, Callum 99 AUS 3:55.48 5 Ramsden, Matthew 97 AUS 3:55.90 6 Thomas, Jude 02 AUS 3:56.87 7 Hansen, James 93 AUS 3:57.20 8 Kaysae, Adehena 03 ETH 3:57.87 9 Tatezawa, Ryoji 97 JPN 4:00.13 10 Clifford, Jaryd 99 AUS 4:01.98 11 Centrowitz, Matthew 89 USA 4:06.52 12 Stanovsek, Mick 97 AUS 4:12.42 13 Gregson, Ryan 90 AUS 4:14.86 -- Cotra-Nemesi (Pace), Wol 05 AUS DNF
Reflecting on his accomplishment, Myers said, “It’s a really big confidence booster but I’ve got to stay humble and keep working hard.” Meanwhile, Hoare, who finished first in the race, commented, “At 3:55 (Myers) is probably running at 16 years of age better than most people in college in the US. It’s amazing talent for Australia moving forward and I’m excited for him.”
Myers’ achievement marks a significant milestone for Australian athletics and highlights the importance of supporting young athletes in their pursuit of excellence. As Hoare noted, “That’s why we have these meets, why we have the hype, why we have people come back, to give our youth an opportunity to run fast and compete well with some of the best. He was able to get that opportunity and he seized it.”