Josh lands new British and European Record; UK Throws event

Monday 28th February 2022

Photo by Brett Hull

BBC Scotland Sport website

Josh Kerr put another marker down for 2022 with a stunning, Record-breaking indoor mile run in Boston that took him to third all-time in the world.

The Scot broke Peter Elliott’s long-standing British Record and Eamonn Coghlan’s European mark for the indoor mile with a run of 3:48.87 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet.

The time puts him No.3 on the world all-time rankings behind Yomif Kejelcha’s world record of 3:47.01 and Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45.

It also smashes the long-standing British record of 3:52.02 held by Elliott – a mark which was set at East Rutherford in 1990.

Elliott’s British Indoor 1500m Record also went the way of the Edinburgh AC athlete en route at 3:32.86.

In addition, Kerr’s time is a European record, as it breaks Coghlan’s 3:49.78, which was also set in East Rutherford back in 1983.

At the time Coghlan was the first man to run a sub-3:50 mile indoors and even now, 39 years later, Kerr has become only the seventh athlete to achieve the feat.

Kerr’s splits saw him pass the first lap in 58.15 and halfway in 1:56.75 before he ran a trademark strong second half of the race to go through three laps in 2:52.04 (55.3) before finishing with a 56.8 final lap.

Huge congratulations to Josh, his family and his coaching team as well as all at Edinburgh AC who were involved in his development.


Scottish athletes competed at the UK Winter Throws event in Loughborough.

The competition was effectively the trial for the European Winter Throws event coming soon.

Kirsty Law won the Women’s discus with 54.65m as Nick Percy took third in the Men’s discus event with 59.79m.

In the Men’s hammer event, Mark Dry was second with 69.91m to land a Commonwealth Games qualifying standard with Chris Bennett in third at 67.04m.



Tags: British Record, Edinburgh AC, European Record, Josh Kerr

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