Chris O'Hare has never run faster than he has in 2018 with indoor (3:37.03) and outdoor PRs (3:32.11) but he also has dealt with injury and some lackluster results in the 3 major championships he's run (8th at World Indoors and Commonwealths, 9th at Europeans). He showed the better side of his 2018 today and was pleased to get the win. Also while he wanted David Torrence's 3:53.91 meet record and $5,000 bonus that comes with it, he was fine that David still has the record.
"I wanted the meet record but I'm kind of glad in a way David still has it. It's one of those things we all want to get, but we want to leave his memory on the meet. I'm glad I won, almost glad I didn't get the meet record," he said. On his 2018, O'Hare said, "This year has been really hard. Up and down," noting that when he got injured indoors it made the rest of the year much more difficult.
Chris' son and wife are with him this week in New York and he said his nearly 2 year old son helps him keep perspective.
We also asked Chris about 17 year-old European 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen. "He's an absolute stud. He's one of the very few people in the world who could handle that amount of training (that young)," O'Hare said.