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Ireland’s Andrew Coscoran raced to a new national 1500m record on Saturday in France.

Competing in the Meeting International Nikaia de Nice, Coscoran clocked a victory and a new national record of 3.32.68. He took over one second off his previous personal best.

Coming off the final bend he was waiting in second place and then unleashed his sprint over the final 200m metres to finish just ahead of Niels Laros of the Netherlands and Samuel Tanner from New Zealand.

Laros’ time which was 3:32.89, ties the Dutch national record, considering that he is just 18, it was a tremendous performance. Tanner clocked a 3:33.15 time.

Coscoran bettered Ray Flynn’s record which stood for 41 years at 3:33.50 from his 1982 Oslo performance.

Ten of the 15 finishers set new personal bests, with two national records and two season bests recorded.