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New Zealand’s Theo Quax joins dad Dick in exclusive sub-4 minute Mile club

February 17, 2020

Only 12th father-son sub-4 combo ever and the first Kiwi pair to do so

By Marc Hinton, Stuff

Theo Quax continues to follow in the footsteps of his famous father on the athletics track, with the Kiwi youngster joining his dad in an exclusive club this past Saturday.

The 20-year-old Northern Arizona University athlete, and son of Kiwi track legend & Olympic silver medalist the late Dick Quax, ran the first sub-4 minute Mile of his career at the Husky Classic indoor meet in Seattle, Washington when he came home second in 3 minutes, 58.13 seconds, behind Oregon's James Ward (3:57.43).

Quax's PR for the distance ranks him 11th for U.S collegians.

He and Dick now become New Zealand's first father-son combination to record sub-4 Mile times and the 12th globally to have knocked off the special feat.

Fellow Kiwi college athlete and hot young prospect Sam Tanner (Washington) also featured in the same Mile, and looked well on pace for a sub-4 finish before he tripped with 200 meters remaining.

Quax did well to avoid the fallout from that tumble.

Athletics New Zealand head distance coach Steve Willis lauded Quax's latest achievement on the U.S. college scene where Kiwis continued to excel in positive situations.

"We've got a good relationship with a few key schools in the U.S. and it's paying off," he told Stuff. "It often takes a while for these guys to transition, but it's a great way for some athletes to really develop their careers."

Continue reading at: stuff.co.nz

Father / Son Sub-4 Combo history HERE.

Tags: theo quax (1) , my first sub-4 (47) , dick quax (1)

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