She is the youngest American athlete ever to represent the United States at a World Championships meet after competing in the World Championships in Athletics in Moscow aged 17 and 3 months. Cain, and has three sisters, Aine, Catherine, and Mairead. Her main events are in middle distance running. She graduated from Bronxville High School in She attended the honors program at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon while competing as a professional athlete for Nike, Inc.
In October , she came under the coaching direction of Alberto Salazar , who in was banned for 4 years from athletics for doping offenses. Cain ran for 10 seasons for Bronxville High School , winning numerous state titles, as well as two national titles while still a Bronxville athlete. The effort qualified her to run in the World Championships. On January 16, , Cain won the meter race at the University of Washington Indoor Preview meet, with what should be a record-setting time of Historically no records set indoors at the University of Washington track have been accepted because at meters, the track is oversized, although it is significantly smaller than a normal meter outdoor track.
At the world level since , indoor marks superior to the outdoor record are now accepted. The mark beat Debbie Heald's  indoor national high school record from by almost 6 seconds. Even though she had not started her finishing kick yet, her meter split time of On February 2, at the Boston Indoor Games , Cain set the high school record in the indoor 2 mile with a time of Her time was almost 10 seconds superior to Kim Mortensen 's outdoor record for the slightly shorter meters.
Shortly after, at the Millrose Games , Cain ran the mile in Her time improved upon her own records in the mile and her split time at also improved upon her records. Her mile time was also more than two seconds faster than Gelete Burka 's world youth best. Since , the IAAF recognizes indoor records that are superior to outdoor records, however the IAAF does not track the mile distance at the youth level. Cain ran 5, meters In qualifying for the final, she became the youngest athlete ever to run in a metres final in World Championships history.
On November 20, it was announced that Cain was forgoing a college career in order to run professionally with the Nike Oregon Project. Her time knocked about a second off of Diana Richburg's hand timed record from A week later, in the Boston Terrier Invitational, Cain ran the mile in Running with an elite field that included training partner Treniere Moser , she destroyed the earlier mark by running Her mark was just over 1.
Moser was her closest competitor, almost 3 seconds back, the next closest competitor was almost 6 seconds back. Cain ran a season best Now representing Nike Oregon Project, Cain opened her outdoor season with a time of Hood Community College. In late , the New York Times published a video op-ed , featuring Cain, where she attributes her decline in running performance to adverse coaching in the Nike Oregon Project. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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