Thursday 21 September 2017

Athletics - Ciara Everard grabs a place in Prague

Ciara Everard, UCD AC, on her way to winning the Senior Womens 800m event, in a time of 2.03.39, which qualifies Ciara for the European Indoor Championships in Prague
Ciara Everard, UCD AC, on her way to winning the Senior Womens 800m event, in a time of 2.03.39, which qualifies Ciara for the European Indoor Championships in Prague
Kelly Proper winning the senior women’s 200m event in Athlone
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILKENNY'S Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Donegal's Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) got their seasons off to a great start by bagging the qualification standard for the European Indoor Championships at the GloHealth AAI Games.

Everard (24) showed a great return to form at 800m by running 2:03.50 in Athlone IT to earn her place in Prague.

Mooney (26) reeled in Denmark's Andreas Bueno to win the 1,500m in a personal best of 3:42.69, which was inside the 3:43.00 qualification mark. Joe Warne Doheny was third in 3:45.42, but Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea), fifth in 3:47.04, got inside the 'A' standard.

Clonliffe's Dara Kervick ran a personal best to win the 400m in 47.26, but it was six hundredths outside Euro qualification, and Galway's Sean Breathnach produced a stadium record of 17.14m to win the shot putt.

Leitrim's Gerard O'Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon) was just off the stadium record of 7.97 seconds when he won the 60m hurdles in a PB of 7.99 seconds.

Ireland dipped inside the old world record (9:25.97) when they finished second to USA in the distance medley at the Armory Invitational in New York.

Matt Centrowitz's first 1,200m leg (2:49.47) helped the US smash the record with a time of 9:19.93, but Mark English ran the race's fastest 800m leg (1:46.59) and Ciaran O Lionaird (3:58.23) anchored Ireland home in a time of 9:25.37 after legs by Declan Murray (2:53.17) and Brian Gregan (47:40). The Irish quartet finished nearly two seconds clear of Kenya.

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