Jonah Gorevic

Fifth grader runs 5:01 mile, fastest ever for 10-year-old

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Jonah Gorevic broke a world record at the Adidas Grand Prix in front of friends, family and his babysitter.

Gorevic, a rising sixth grader from Rye, N.Y., ran the fastest-ever mile by a 10-year-old at Icahn Stadium in New York on Saturday. Gorevic covered four laps on the blue track in 5 minutes, 1.55 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 5:05.3.

He set his sights on the world record after he ran a 5:09 mile in April, when he was told he was just four seconds off the mark.

“I just wanted to break it so badly,” Gorevic told a group of reporters while wearing his race bib and holding his winner’s flower bouquet (video interview here).

Gorevic said he ran his first mile at age 3 or 4, but that “it was only in a Turkey Trot, so it wasn’t that competitive.” A soccer player, he trains 10-12 miles a week, including a hard interval session on Thursday nights and a long trail run on Saturdays.

His coach, Carl Curran, said Gorevic could have broken 5 minutes in less windy and cooler conditions.

“I was thinking that the 71.5 [seconds for the first 400m lap] was out a little bit fast,” Curran said. “We were hoping at around a 73. But he maintained his middle two laps, which was the really tough ones, and he brought it home in a 73. He had an amazing race. I’m really proud of him.”

The 11-and-under age group record is 4:55, Curran said. That’s the next goal.

“[Gorevic is] just a sponge,” said Curran, who coaches 20 to 25 kids, including two other young All-Americans. “I just point him in a direction, and he just goes.”

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Olympic Track and Field Trials leave Eugene

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are leaving Eugene, Ore., for the Los Angeles area.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., 20 miles east of LA, will host the 10-day event in 2020.

Eugene, which hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, and Sacramento, host in 2000 and 2004, also bid for the USA Track and Field (USATF) event.

“USATF’s board of directors voted to award the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC based upon its desire to take the sport’s biggest event to the country’s second-largest media market; the historical strength of the sport in the Los Angeles area; Mt. SAC’s record of hosting elite track events that produce top performances; and a $62 million upgrade to Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000,” USATF said in a press release.

Mt. SAC previously hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials and annually hosts a popular relays meet in April.

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Wayde van Niekerk breaks another Michael Johnson record

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Wayde van Niekerk broke another Michael Johnson record, running the fastest-ever 300m in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400m world record of 43.18 in Rio with a 43.03, ran 30.81 seconds in Ostrava. Video is here.

Johnson’s previous world best in the rarely contested event was 30.85, clocked at altitude in Pretoria in 2000, his final season.

Van Niekerk previously ran 31.03 over 300m in Kingston, Jamaica, last year. At the time, only Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in 2010, also in Ostrava) had run faster in the non-Olympic event.

Johnson, also the former 200m world-record holder (lowered by Bolt in 2008 and 2009), is left with one world record still standing from the 1993 World Championships 4x400m relay.

Van Niekerk is preparing for the world championships in August in London, where he is expected to contest the 200m and 400m.

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