Athletics: Britton back in command
Published 23/01/2012 | 05:00
Fionnuala Britton got back to winning ways with an impressive victory at the Antrim IAAF Cross-Country International in Greenmount, writes CLIONA FOLEY.
After disappointment in Seville last weekend, Ireland's European champion left several Ethiopians in her wake this time. Britain's Emma Steel gave the Wicklow runner the toughest competition, with the pair swapping the lead on several occasions until the Rathcoole star pulled away in the final 600m to win by seven seconds.
The men's title was won for the third year in a row by Kenya's Mike Kigen. Aldershot's Harvey Dixon won the men's junior race, while Annalee's Regina Dolan won the junior girls.
Meanwhile, Irish pole vault champion Tori Penna (Finn Valley) got her indoor season off to a great start by clearing a lifetime best and setting a new national record of 4.45m in Reno yesterday.
Although short of the World Indoor qualification standard (4.52m), it significantly improved Pena's indoor record (4.21m).