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He’s 12-years-old and can run the 100m in 11.72 seconds

Yahoo!7 Updated December 11, 2012, 3:19 pm

Four NRL clubs and a prestigious athletics school in America have expressed an interest in a 12-year-old from the NSW south coast who has the potential to be 'the greatest sprinter Australia has ever had'.

James Gallaugher, from the small coastal town of Ulladulla, has shot to prominence after a remarkable You Tube clip surfaced from the recent NSW primary schools championships.

The clip shows Gallaugher come from at least 20m behind with 100m to go to lead his team to victory in the the 4x100m relay.

The 12-year-old has a personal best time of 11.72 seconds over the 100m, which makes him faster than any boy his age in Australia or the United States.

His best 200m time of 23.76sec is also faster than any 12-year-old in the States.

NRL clubs Parramatta, Newcastle, South Sydney and the Wests Tigers have already expressed an interest, while the Michael Johnson Spire Athletics Institute in Ohio has also made contact.

"James is a standout. I wouldn't just say it because he is someone I coach. He is a freak and I mean that in the very best way," former sprinting champion Scott Richardson told News Ltd.

"When I talk about him with my wife and my family, we just say he is going to be the greatest sprinter we have ever had if he keeps improving at the rate which he is."

But NRL clubs should be warned that the 12-year-old has his sights set on a sprinting career.

"Footy is more fun because you play with your mates but I want to be a runner. It just feels good to be in front," he said.

To put Gallaugher's times in context, his personal best for the 100m is less than 1.5 seconds slower than the time Joshua Ross posted in winning 100m final at the Australian Championships earlier this year.

Richardson says if Gallaugher continues to improve at his current rate, he could be running competitive men's times within a matter of years.

"He has just got the build and the legs and just the natural propensity to running with a good technique without much interference.

"If he increases his speed on what he is running now which is 11.7 for electronic, he is going to be running 10.9s in the not-too-distant future which is incredible for someone his age."

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  1. Terry04:20pm Thursday 13th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Fantastic-- what a talent They mention his natural ability and strength in the key areas for a sprinter.I hope nobody stuffs him up with technical tripe. Let him develop naturally in these coming growing years and we will have someone very special. "GO YOU GOOD THING" !!

  2. Pro11:57am Thursday 13th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Wow, How quick was that last 30 , I thought the kid in front was fast, hope his parents dont get sucked into signing any thing for the sake of quick money. Nice spot on the coast where he lives also. Good luck James for your future, dont get a big head how ever, a lot of people have seen plenty of future athletes never make it. Look after your boy mum and Dad.

  3. Weatherman07:10am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ran against a 14yr old years ago who was running 10.5 at 14yrs old, Bessell his name was, long rangy bloke...This young bloke should stay well clear of NRL stick to the sprinting. Too many youngsters get caught in the "you're a future star" only to be let down by the attitudes that surround them. Next year get him in the Diamond Athletic League, he can look at retiring with his brain in good shape...and his mind.

  4. jeff12:52am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He created a sonic boom as he passed that other kid - who was making good time himself.

  5. Neil12:14am Wednesday 12th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    We had a12 year old kid at school who was said to be a future champion cyclist . He got run over by a bus.Too much focus.

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  6. roofie10:56pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    How come Ju-liar gets awarded accolades when most people I know cant stand the ..!@z*%#? How come Obama gets awarded a peace prize when he's one of the most warmongering soldier sacrificing presidents the U.S. ever had? Because big brother wants it this way, thats why! Are there many things like this that puzzle you folks? Google Alex Jones Info Wars to get the facts.

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  7. roofie10:49pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, good call Stephen. That's freedom and democracy for you. You can only comment where big brother lets you! Unless you slip one under their radar! Its like "global warming". Big brother says its true so dont you dare argue! Google Alex Jones Info Wars to find out whats really going on.

  8. roofie10:45pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I did see someone run faster than James once. Ju-liar Lizzard was coming toward them. They ran away from the barge #$%$ lizzard super quick! Out Gillard, out, out,out Gillard!

  9. roofie10:43pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Wow! Go James! A future champ for sure! Now, Ju-liar Lizzard; I'm all for this latest accolade for the truth destroying "prime minister" (in office through deceipt and treason). She has influenced people greatly. Negatively of course. She has made more people embarrassed to be Australian, made more people wish they lived elsewhere and more people consider suicide since she barge arsed her way onto the big political arena! Yes, she is influential alright. Influential in flushing Australia down the proverbial! Out Gillard! Out, out, out Gillard!!!

  10. Pointer10:39pm Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It doesnt matter how fast he can run if he cant play footy!