Heffernan happy with comeback showing
Published 08/07/2015 | 02:30
A thrilling men’s 800m was thehighlight of last night’s Cork City Sports at the CIT track.
With the line in sight, the race was anyone’s, but it was the American Michael Rutt who got there first in 1:47.57. Right on his heels were Andreas Bube of Denmark and Ireland’s Mark English, with Declan Murray a close fourth.
It was a useful blow-out for English who runs in the heats of the European U-23 800m tomorrow.
Rob Heffernan could only manage fourth place in a classy field for the 5km walk, but his time of 19 mins 14 secs was his third fastest ever, as the World 50km walk champion, who defends his title in Beijing next month, proved that he is back in fighting form after surgery for a hernia.
“I’m very pleased. Coming off surgery I didn’t know what to expect,” said an upbeat Heffernan, who now heads to Morocco for a month of altitude training.
In the women’s 3,000m, Sligo’s Mary Cullen was in second place at the bell but her lack of race fitness showed when she faded to fourth.
Cullen, back racing after a long battle with injury and illness, still clocked a respectable time of 9:08.49, while behind her, steeplechaser Michelle Finn of Leevale knocked half a minute off her previous best in 9:19.34.
American Will Geoghegan surged to victory in the men’s mile in 3:50.09. Best of the Irish was Kilkenny’s Eoin Everard in 4:04.68.
Kelly Proper finished second in the 200m in 24.36 and is still aiming to make the World Championships.
Raheny’s Cillian Kirwan was an impressive winner of the junior 1500m in a personal best of 3:54.09.