Irish eyes on milers: Athletics

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The new generation of Irish milers overtook the old one when Neill Bruton kicked past Marcus O'Sullivan in the final 10 metres to win the mile at the Millrose Games in New York in 3min 58.71sec. Bruton, 22, upstaged one of his idols in preventing O'Sullivan from securing his sixth Millrose mile victory. 'I felt scared going past him because of who he was,' Bruton said of O'Sullivan, who led from the half-mile mark and finished second in 3:58:00. 'I felt I was doing something bad. All the people in the stands were rooting for Marcus. I apologised to him after the race, too. I had to.' Bruton's victory was the 13th in the 18 Millrose mile races for Irish runners. Eamonn Coghlan, who captured the masters' mile a hour earlier, has won seven Millrose miles.

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