With just over a half second to spare, Kilkenny’s Eoin Everard has added a world gold to his 2022 European gold, this time in the 3000m at the World Masters Athletics indoor championships in Toruń, Poland, on Sunday.
The opening day of this year’s championship saw plenty of indoor action with the Kilkenny City Harriers athlete competing in the over 35’s category. While the world record stands at a staggering 7:34.71 thanks to Bernard Lagat in the mid-90s, Everard posted 8:49.01 to finish clear of American Mark Husted (8:49.63) and Portugal’s Ricardo Paixao (8:52.69).
Everard has previously run an 8:03 (2019) while Husted posted an 8:07 just one year ago, per Kilkenny Athletics County Board.
“It was these two athletes along with Ricardo Paixão (Portugal) that chased the gold medal with just three laps to go. Dropping Paixão. Everard and Husted made it a 1,2 battle over the final 200m, with Everard, strategically positioned on the shoulder of the American to spring a surprise surge in the home straight to out-manoeuvre the 36-year-old Boston native.”