Wednesday 20 September 2017

Athletics: Ben Reynolds' Euro bid foiled by the wind

Ben Reynolds, North Down A.C., on his way to winning the Mens 110m Hurdles event. The 2014 AAI Games. Morton Stadium, Santry, Co. Dublin
Ben Reynolds, North Down A.C., on his way to winning the Mens 110m Hurdles event. The 2014 AAI Games. Morton Stadium, Santry, Co. Dublin
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

SPRINTERS produced all the fireworks at the first big domestic track meeting of the summer – the AAI Games in Santry – where North Down's Ben Reynolds was narrowly foiled by the wind in his bid for European Championship qualification.

The 110m hurdler produced the performance of the day by winning in 13.63, which was inside the European standard of 13:65, but the following wind of +2.1 was just outside the +2.0 legal, so his time will not count for qualification purposes.

Carlow's teenage sprint star Marcus Lawlor (19) of St Laurence O'Toole's won the stacked 200m in 21.13, ahead of Steven Colvert (21.23), David Hynes (21.46) and Brian Gregan (21.55) and, importantly, his time was also good enough to qualify him for World Juniors in Oregon in July.

Limerick's Sarah Lavin won the 100m hurdles in 13.49, just .15 off her European qualifying target, but still her fastest season opener ever.

Hynes later beat Lawlor in a photo-finish in the 100m and Bandon's Phil Healy won the women's 100m in 11.68, ahead of Niamh Whelan, who reversed their placings in the 200m.

Schools star Harry Purcell won the 400m in 48.26, the women's 400m was won by Clonliffe's Ciara McCallion in 56.31 and Timmy Crowe (Dooneen) pipped Paul Byrne (St Abban's) in the 400m hurdles.

David McCarthy won the men's 1500m in 3:46.68 ahead of Andrew Coscoran and John Coghlan, and Mayo's Caoimhe King (Aughagower) jumped 12.73m in the triple jump, just two centimetres short of her Irish U-23 record.

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