WEST FIFE athlete Owen Miller has achieved a milestone by breaking the four-minute barrier in the 1500 metres.

In a career first, the former Woodmill High School pupil – who previously ran with Dunfermline Track and Field Club, where he worked with 2002 Commonwealth Games athlete Gemma Sharp – recorded his new personal best at the Scottish Athletics Open Graded Meet.

Held at Grangemouth Stadium last Wednesday, Fife AC and Disability Sport Fife member Miller recorded a sensational time of 3:57.35, beating his previous best of 4:02.63, which he recorded just before the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The T20 middle distance runner's latest success follows a PB achieved over a one-mile distance earlier this year, while he is ranked number one over 3K, and number two over 1500m, in the UK.

Richard Brickley, DSF president, said: "Coach Steve Doig and his devoted family, friends and supporters have always known Owen was capable of running under four minutes, and Wednesday, July 4 was the occasion when the conditions and race line-up were just perfect.

"Prior to the Games in London in 2012, Owen ran 4:02.63 for a personal best time that has stood for six years, and on May 12 at the East District Championships, he ran 4:02.88 and hinted that something special was about to happen this year.

"Disability Sport Fife is fiercely proud of Scotland’s leading T20 middle distance athlete. Like every para athlete, Owen has experienced ups and downs and of course injuries, however, he has never dropped his head or lost his enthusiasm for his sport.

"This incredible personal best performance is an appropriate reward for a highly-committed, talented and extremely popular athlete."