Brandon Miller Sets World Age Group Record in 800m
14-year-old Brandon Miller blitzed 1:51.23 for 800m today to win the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston Texas. The young athlete's opening 400m was 56.41. The time sets a new world age group record for 14-year-olds. His time also stood as the fastest of the day against all age divisions, including the 15-16 age group and 17-18 age group.
The prior record was set last September by Jakob Ingebrigsten of Norway at 1:52.60.
The mark was a huge improvement for Miller, who set his prior best at 1:53.64 in the prelim round on Monday. According to the AAU, the win marks his seventh national title and eighth meet record -- but, his first world record.
There may already be another athlete gunning to take down Miller's mark in five years.
Jonathan Simms of Plano, Texas broke Miller's nine-year-old age group meet record in the 800m today with a time of 2:19.43. Miller ran 2:25.43 in 2011. Simms also won the 400m in 59.25.
More highlights from today's action:
- Gabrielle Wilkinson followed up her 4:25 1500m meet record from yesterday with another record performance in the 800m, as she ran a new PB of 2:07.04 to rank No. 15 in the U.S. this year
- 8-and-under 800m runners also set meet records: Damira Allen ran 2:32 and Naye'Ron Hudson-McGlown ran 2:27 to win the girls and boys divisions, respectively
- Motor City TC's Cameron Cooper and De'Karyea Freeman swept the 17-18 800m in 1:51.28, 1:52.36
- 13-year-old star Tamari Davis set a new meet record in the 100m semi finals with a time of 11.87
- 14-year-old Alicia Burnett set a new meet record for her age division by clocking 11.74 in the 100m semis
- High schoolers ran quick 100m semi finals too: Sha'Carri Richardson clocked top time in 15-16 category at 11.74; Kaylor Harris and Katia Seymour clocked 11.6; Tyrese Cooper 10.53
- Peighton Simmons wins 17-18 triple jump with 41-7.25 leap