It's unusual for a British kid to run so fast. There isn't the same sort of emphasis on running fast times in the UK as there seems to be in the US. Just look at Jake Wightman who didn't look like a future star when he was a kid. I think Mo Farah only ran 4:06/07 for 1500 at age 14. Evan Grimes is very much an outlier within British athletics so it will be interesting to see how he develops
Yes, but that kid is the school year above this kid. This kid isn't freshman age (14-15), he's the school year (grade) below a freshman (age 13-14). He would have turned 14 this academic year (since September 1st 2022).
Year 10 (what we call 'freshmen' / grade 9) race as under 17s.
Not world beating, but better than a decent cub runner. You don't realise how times, pardon the pun, have moved on. For example, let's take Ian Grime's 13:37 5000m performance, which he achieved in 1997. Going by the U.K. rankings on Power Of 10, which only go back to 2006, you can still see it was quite impressive. This is where he would have ranked in the U.K. in 2006 and every year since then up until now. Generally speaking, you can see a slow downward trajectory. Comparing his 1500m and 3000m PB's, with the U.K. annual rankings from 2006 onwards, also tells a similar story. He wasn't an 800m boy, so not realistic to judge him on his 800m PB.
2006 - 4th.
2007 - 3rd. (Only 3.19 seconds behind Chris Thompson in 2nd.)
2008 - 3rd.
2009 - 8th.
2010 - 6th.
2011 - 8th. (Only 2.69 seconds behind Chris Thompson in 4th.)
2012 - 9th. (And in the year of the London Olympic Games.)
Most notable thing about that list is who is missing. Wightman, Gourley, O'Hare, Baddeley, Heywood, guys who have been to global champs all absent. There's only really Josh Kerr and Mo Farah that even British athletics fans would recognise
I am not making out what you have claimed is untrue, but what is your source?
Out of interest, does anyone know what month Evan Grime was born in? On Power Of 10, up until about 2014 from memory, they used to list the actual date of birth of athletes they had the data on. I always thought that was too much information, for multiple reasons. Then, they went to the other extreme of just listing what year an athlete was born in. Why not list the month and year of birth? I am obviously thinking about assessing performances in the junior ranks here. For example, when Max Burgin ran 1:53.1 for 800m, he had only turned 14 some two months earlier. Another mental performance.