Cameron Myers

Australian athlete

Cameron Myers
Personal information
Born (2006-06-09) 9 June 2006 (age 18)
Height6’1
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Mile, 800m, 1500m, 3000m
Achievements and titles
Personal bests
  • 800m: 1:47.11 (2024)
  • 1500m: 3:33.26 (2023)
  • Mile: 3:50.15 (2024)
  • 3000m: 7:46.38 (2024)

Cameron Myers (born 9 June 2006) is an Australian track and field athlete. In 2023, he broke the world record for the fastest mile by a sixteen year-old, and became the second youngest person in the world to ever have run a sub-four minute mile. Aged sixteen, he took the Australian national under-20 mile record. Myers broke Jakob Ingebrigtsen's mile, 1500m and 3000m age-group records.

Early life

From Canberra,[1] As of February 2024[update], Myers attends Lake Ginnindera College.[2]

From aged 10 he trained with Lee Bobbin. At age 14, Bobbin started training Myers with Dick Telford and his elite group including Olympic 1500-metre runner Jye Edwards.[3] He also runs for the Bankstown Track Club in Sydney. [4]

Career

2022: Aussie 1 mile champ

Myers won the Albie Thomas 1 Mile Australian Championship on 5 December 2022, at The Crest in Sydney.[5]

2023: 16yo and 18yo world-record holder

Myers broke Ryan Gregson's Australian under-18 record for the 1500 metres by more than three seconds when he ran 3:40.6 on 23 January 2023.[6]

In February 2023, Myers became the second youngest person in history to break the four-minute mile. Myers ran 3:55.44 seconds at Albert Park in Melbourne at the Maurie Plant Meet aged 16 years and 259 days. Myers was nine days older than Jakob Ingebrigtsen when he ran 3:58.07 in May 2017, but was more than two seconds faster.[7] Speaking about breaking the world record for a 16-year-old Myers said: "I don't think it changes much for me. It is about how you progress to the open ranks. It's only an age world record. It's cool to have, but it's not the be-all and end-all."[8] The time also broke the Australian u-20 record.[9]

In July 2023, Myers clocked a 1500m time of 3:33.26 at the Diamond League event in Silesia. It was the fastest 1500m run by an U18 athlete ever, breaking the 3:33.72 set by Nicholas Kiptanui Kemboi of Kenya in 2006.[10] In September 2023, he acted as pacemaker for Jakob Ingebrigtsen’s European record in the mile at the Diamond League final in Eugene, Oregon.[11]

2024

In February 2024, Myers won the men’s 1500m at the Adelaide Invitational with a time of 3:34:55. This was a new meeting record, two seconds ahead of the previous record set by Pat Scammell in 1988.[12] On 15 February 2024, he lowered his personal best at the John Landy Mile at Melbourne's Maurie Plant Meet to 3:52.44.[13] On 22 February, at Bankstown's the Crest athletic track, Myers set a new record for an Australian running in Australia of 3.33.30 (beating the previous record set by Jye Edwards on 18 April 2021 at the Australian National Athletics Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park).[14][15]

In March 2024, he ran a new personal best and Australian U20 record time of 7:46.38 to win the Australian 3,000 metres national title in Sydney.[16]

Personal life

A keen football fan, he supports Chelsea, and played himself as a youngster as a striker for Canberra Croatia and Gungahlin United.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Canberra teenager Cameron Myers smashes four-minute mile and makes world mark at Maurie Plant Classic". 7news.com. 25 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Canberra schoolboy Cameron Myer smashes the four-minute mile". Canberra Times. 24 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Teen Cameron Myers expresses surprise at sub four-minute mile". nine.com.au. 25 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Aussie schoolboy second youngest in world to break four-minute mile". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Thornton-Bott and Myers win national mile titles". 5 December 2022. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Cameron Myers Breaks Gregson's U18 Australian 1500m Record". Runners Tribe. 25 January 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  7. ^ "Australian teenage puts athletics world on notice with historic feat". Adelaide Now. 25 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  8. ^ "'I expected to go under, but not that far under': Teen Cameron Myers savours the sub four-minute mile". WAToday.com.au. 25 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  9. ^ "MYERS RACES INTO AUSTRALIAN ATHLETICS HISTORY BOOKS". Commonwealthgames.com.au. 24 February 2023. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  10. ^ Rayson, Zac (18 July 2023). "Beyond words': Aussie 17yo smashes world record in epic Olympics statement". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  11. ^ Henderson, Jason (16 September 2023). "Ingebrigtsen out-duels Nuguse at Diamond League final". World Athletics. Retrieved 4 October 2023.
  12. ^ Conrad, Alex (11 February 2024). "'What a star': Aussie 17yo shatters 36-year record in major Olympics statement". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 12 February 2024.
  13. ^ Gates, Zachary (15 February 2024). "Stewart McSweyn conquers world-class mile field as teen ace smashes junior record". Nine.com. Retrieved 15 February 2024.
  14. ^ "Australian teen prodigy Cameron Myers puts world on notice with historic run". FoxSports. 23 February 2024. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  15. ^ Gates, Zachary (22 February 2024). "Aussie teen ace Cameron Myers defeats world champion, nails second Paris 2024 qualifier". Nine.com. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  16. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (23 March 2024). "Cameron Myers wins national title in record-breaking performance as Paris Olympics approaches". ABC.net.au. Retrieved 24 March 2024.
  17. ^ Gates, Zachary. "How Cameron Myers' Chelsea dream made way for astonishing rise as a middle-distance runner". Nine.com. Retrieved 12 April 2024.

External links

  • Cameron Myers at World Athletics
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