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Trio target sub-4 minute Mile

February 11, 2015

Many local rivals are in good form and it would be a big boost to crack the milestone: "It'd mean a hell of a lot."

By Bridget Lacy, The Western Australian

The current world record for the Mile of 3:43.13, set by Moroccan star Hicham El Guerrouj back in 1999, proves that the elite just kept raising the bar after the 4-minute mark was broken in 1954 by Britain's Roger Bannister in 3:59.4.

But the 4-minute barrier still holds huge significance for some of WA's best middle-distance runners as they prepare to take on the Mile at the WA Athletics Stadium on Saturday night as part of the Jandakot City Track Classic.

Athletics WA records show the great Herb Elliott was the last West Australian man to break the 4-minute mark on WA soil - way back in 1958.

But Joshua Tedesco, Ethan Heywood and Marc See hope that's all about to change when they race the event in Elliott's name on Saturday night.

Tedesco backed 1500m State champion See to end the drought.

See, 25, ran 4:08.92 in the same event last year as Kenyan James Magut blew away the field.

But in a 2015 field dominated by locals, See hopes to realise a dream in front of his home crowd.

"It's going to come down to the wire," he said.

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