The Halifax Harriers teenager stole the show at the first British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix of the season.
Days away from his 16th birthday Max Burgin clocked an incredible 1:47.50 to win the men’s 800m race at the BMC Grand Prix in Manchester’s Sportcity on Saturday (May 12).
Burgin made the decisive move on Spencer Thomas down the home straight to clock not only a British U17 record but also the fastest time ever by a 15 year-old over 800m.
Almost a year ago, shortly after his 15th birthday, Burgin ran the previous world age mark of 1:49.42 and his new personal best is also faster than the world age best of 1:47:61 for a 16 year-old.
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen was won many to congratulate the Halifax youngster on his performance.
1:47.50 by 15-year old!!
Precocious talent – In 2017 Max Burgin (GB – dob 20 May 2002) ran 1:49.42 in 2017 just one month after his 15th birthday. Today, in the @BritishMilers at Sportcity Grand Prix in Manchester just 8 days before turning 16, he ran 1:47.50 for age 15 WR 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/EdTmh2LATn
— Svein Arne Hansen (@SvenPres) May 12, 2018
Also among the winners in Manchester was Laura Maddox who clocked a PB 2:03.86 to win the women’s 800m.
In the 1500m races, 17 year-old Irish athlete Sarah Healy just missed out on the Irish youth record of 4:15.46, but continued to make a name for herself running a European Youth Championships qualifying time of 4:15.53, while Ossama Meslek won the men’s race in 3:42.15.
Claire Duck warmed up for next weekend’s Night of 10,000m PBs with a superb win in the women’s 5000m clocking a PB 15:39, while Phil Sesemann won the men’s race in a new best 13:59.27.
Visit fastrunning.com later on Sunday night for a full round-up of all the British track and road action this weekend.
You can watch a post-race interview with Burgin alongside his father and grandfather below.
📺WATCH: 15-year-old Max Burgin, father Ian & grandfather Brian chat to us after a WORLD AGE BEST 1:47.50 over 800m at #BMCGP in Manchester ⭐️
— Vinco (@VincoSport) May 12, 2018