Richard Peters has made a sensational breakthrough by smashing the all-time US Collegiate 1,000 metres record in Boston. The 23 year old Bristol and West runner took all but a full second off the existing mark of 2:19.53 when he finished third in a special invitation race in 2:18:55.
His time was less than a second off the UK record of 2:18.86 that was set more than 20 years ago by former international Matt Yates in 1992 and which but for tiring on the last lap he might well have challenged. Ahead of him in an all record-breaking race Dan Torrence set a new US mark of 2:16.76 in just repelling the challenge of Nate Brannen, whose time of 2:16.87 was also a new Canadian record.
“My whole aim was to attack the Collegiate record, which I thought was within my range, so I’m really chuffed to have taken virtually a full second off it,” said a shell-shocked Peters. “It’s only the third time I have ever run the distance, and the other two occasions were after I had already raced the Mile earlier in the programme, so with more experience I’m sure I can go faster.”
Rich now faces the dilemma of whether to go for the 1,000 metres or the Mile at the forthcoming NCAA championships.