Friday, March 23, 2012

Eamonn Coghlan Wins World Championship at 5000 meters

Obviously best known as a miler, Eamonn Coghlan's world title was won over 5000 meters in 1983. Wearing the green vest of Ireland, Coghlan was at the time the reigning world record holder in the indoor mile -- no one could cope with his finishing speed at the end of this race. Coghlan wrote later that he was primarily worried about Germany's Thomas Wessinghage, the reigning European 5000 meter champion, and he stayed with Wessinghage until the penultimate lap. As the incomparable Adrian Metcalfe declares at the end, "Coghlan got it all right."

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