JONAH GOREVIC, 10, SETS MILE WORLD RECORD
By Joe Battaglia, @JoeBattaglia75
(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
YORK (14-Jun) — After running his first race at Icahn Stadium two
months ago, Jonah Gorevic set his sights on doing something no boy his
age had ever done before.
Today, the 10-year-old from Rye, N.Y.
achieved his goal, running remarkably even splits to take down the mile
world record in his age group, winning the youth boys race in an
astounding 5:01.55 at the adidas Grand Prix on Randall’s Island.
previous mark of 5:05.3 was set last year by Nehemiah Skandera of Santa
Rosa, Calif. Prior to that, the fastest mile ever run by a boy aged 10
or younger was 5:06.5 by John Lawton in 1980.
“I knew the world
record was 5:05 and I wanted to break that number,” Gorevic said,
clutching his bouquet of flowers for winning the race. “I started
chasing it at the first Icahn Stadium meet that I went to, which was on
April 13. I got 5:09 and I was told that the world record was 5:05, so
for two months and one day I have been chasing it.”
exploded right from the start, covering the opening lap in 71.5
seconds, faster than the 73 split his coach had targeted. From there,
he battled a stiff headwind on the backstretch to splits of 77 and 78
on the next two laps before closing in 73.
“I set a PR for the
400m in my first lap,” Gorevic said. “After doing that I figured I
could go after the record. Getting it feels awesome. I had a big
cheering section, all my friends, my babysitter even, my family. It was
just so cool.”
Gorevic’s performance drew high praise on
Twitter from Olympian Bernard Lagat, who tweeted “Wow! I want to be
like Jonah Gorevic when I grow up 🙂 He just set a new WR for the
10-year-old Mile- 5:01.55. Way to go boy 🙂 #agpnyc”
who is wrapping up fifth grade at F.E. Bellows school, said he started
running when he was 4 years old, offering the caveat that the mile “was
only in a Turkey Trot so it wasn’t that competitive.” He began training
and running proper track sessions three years later.
He made his first splash in cross-country.
first cross-country meet that we ran in Van Cortlandt Park,” Carl
Curran, Gorevic’s coach at the Westchester County-based Tailwind Track
Club, said, “I knew that his training was pretty good. He didn’t really
know the trails so I asked if there would be a rabbit and they said,
‘Don’t worry, this kid knows the course. He was the winner last year.’
I said, ‘Well, we might have something to surprise you all with.’ He
beat that kid by 20 seconds.”
Curran said that Gorevic does not
train full-time as a runner. Since he also plays youth soccer, he works
out with the Tailwind TC twice a week, doing a hard interval workout on
Thursday nights and an easy trail run on the weekend. His weekly
mileage, according to Curran, ranges between 10 and 12.
the race, I was thinking the 71.5 was out a little too fast,” Curran
said. “We were hoping for about a 73. He maintained his middle two
laps, which were the really tough ones, but he brought it home in a 73.
He had an amazing race.
“We had trained for sub-5 and I think
if it wasn’t so hot and windy on the backstretch, he probably would
have given that a good run. As you saw, his splits were pretty even. He
has to work on middle two, but will always bring it home strong.”
who one day wants to compete in the IAAF World Youth Championships,
said the race was likely his last of the summer. He plans to take a
break before returning to training in the fall.
this racing stuff gets a little tiring so I could use a little rest,”
Gorevic, who is now eyeing the under-11 world record of 4:55, said. “I
have camp for four weeks and some other stuff so that is a big enough
break for me. I probably won’t race again until September for
cross-country and 3000s. I’m trying to do well in those, but after the
break I might have to train up a little bit.”
Gorevic of Rye, N.Y., after breaking the world best for one mile for
boys under 10 at the 2014 adidas Grand Prix