By GREG WHITE
RECORDS are made to be broken but rarely are more than a second or two shaved off a race time.
Taking over a minute off a winning time is almost unheard of but that's what Orara High School student Wade O'Malley has done, just a year after a 10min 34sec run won the final of the New South Wales All Schools 3000 metre championship.
"Like I always do I got out the front and just went for it," the teenage running sensation said.
"I knew I was going fast but when they called the time as 9min 28sec it was a bit unbelievable."
Wade's time was a personal best (naturally) and he also cracked a PB in the 1500 metre final (4:22.0) despite confirming there's no such thing as a certainty and winding up in third place.
"The way the race went didn't suit me and I got boxed in," he said.
"I like to stride out and throw my arms and legs about but they kept me surrounded during the run.
"For a while I got into the clear but they came again and I couldn't do it a second time."
Latest results have earned Wade his chance at the All Schools National titles during December at the Homebush Olympic Centre.
"This will be the big one when I take on all comers," he said.
"I did the Aquathon last weekend to help my training and there'll be a couple of triathlons to help the fitness as well."