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Cian McPhillips crosses the finish line in the junior mile at the Millrose Games

Cian McPhillips crosses the finish line in the junior mile at the Millrose Games

Cian McPhillips crosses the finish line in the junior mile at the Millrose Games

Longford's Cian McPhillips announced himself as a potential star when taking victory in the junior mile at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

The 17-year-old powered to the lead on the penultimate lap and clocked 4:10.95 to leave many of the best American teenage milers in his wake. It continues a breakthrough season for McPhillips, who recently broke the Irish Under-20 indoor 1,500m record with his 3:44.85 in Athlone last month.

The key to his breakthrough?

"Consistency," he said. "I've been taking things more serious than usual."

He will race over a mile in Athlone next week where he hopes to run "around 4:01, 4:02", before taking on his elders at the National Senior Indoors in late February.

Andrew Coscoran was also in action in New York, the 23-year-old given a late call-up to the Wanamaker Mile, where he finished 10th in 3:57.83. The race was won by Britain's Chris O'Hare in 3:55.61.

"They're like lions," said Coscoran of his first experience at this level. "But one line I kept saying to myself, 'You've got to commit, top three or die'."

The race closed out an impressive block of racing stateside for Coscoran, who clocked a huge 1,500m PB of 3:37.98 in Boston a week ago. "I need a break now and to get a block of training in," said Coscoran.

"We're in a position to make the Olympics. Now that I've run 3:37 indoors, it's definitely doable."

There were worrying signs for Mark English on his seasonal debut, the three-time European medallist unable to go with the pace in the men's 800m and trailing home last in 1:52.94 - a race won by world champion Donavan Brazier in 1:44.22.

English was at a loss to explain his performance in the immediate aftermath but he recently dealt with a hamstring issue and had just returned from a spell of altitude training in South Africa.

Elsewhere, Rhasidat Adeleke was in flying form at the AAI Games, the 17-year-old lowering her personal best over 60metres to 7.36 seconds.

Irish Independent