Saturday 22 July 2017

Flying Gregan qualifies for worlds

Athletics

Brian Gregan became the fourth Irish track athlete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Brian Gregan became the fourth Irish track athlete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Brian Gregan became the fourth Irish track athlete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships, the 27-year-old Dubliner clocking a lifetime best of 45.48 to win over 400m in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Gregan joins Ciara Mageean, Thomas Barr and Mark English, who all secured qualification in recent weeks for the championships which take place in London from August 4-13.

Ireland will also have eight athletes in action on the road - five in the marathons and three in the race walks, with other prospective qualifiers having until July 23 to secure the standard.

Elsewhere, at the Irish Life Health national Junior and U-23 championships in Tullamore, Swinford star Michaela Walsh again underlined her potential, throwing a national junior hammer record of 63.01m, while also winning the shot put with 15.34m.

Walsh is currently the second best junior hammer thrower in Europe, and looks a potential medallist ahead of the European Junior Championships in Italy later this month.

Others to impress included Ciara Neville of Emerald AC, who blitzed her 100m rivals to win in 11.59, and Jo Keane of Ennis Track, a precocious 16-year-old who showed her rivals a clean pair of heels to win the junior 800m from the front in 2:16.46.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Amy Foster challenged the Irish 100m record of 11.40, which she co-holds with Ailis McSweeney, by running 11.42 with an ideal tailwind of 1.9m/s.

Irish Independent

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