Mageean smashes national 1500m record
It was a memorable weekend for Ireland's female athletes, with a slate of national records falling, most notably in Karlsruhe, Germany, where Portaferry's Ciara Mageean smashed the national indoor 1500m record on Saturday night.
The Portaferry athlete ran 4:08.66 to finish third and break Sinead Delahunty Evans' 2000 mark of 4:11.06. "I'm happy with my first race of 2016," said Mageean. "Next race I'll be stronger and smarter."
At the GloHealth AAI Games in Athlone yesterday, Michaela Walsh of Swinford broke her own national junior shot put record, her best effort of 14.00m coming in the final round. On the track, Amy Foster was the standout performer, powering to victory in the women's 60m in 7.33 seconds, just outside the Irish record of 7.30. In the men's race, Jonathan Browning clocked the fastest time of the day with 6.87.
Carrick-on-Shannon's Eanna Madden impressed winning the men's 200m in 21.50, while his clubmate Gerard O'Donnell made a strong seasonal debut in the 60m hurdles, winning in 8.01.
In the men's shot-put, Seán Breathnach set a stadium record of 17.83m. At the National Indoor League on Saturday, Bandon's Phil Healy broke the Irish under-23 60m record, her time of 7.35 seconds taking 0.01 off her previous best.
Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner broke the under-23 indoor 800m record, running 2:03.74 to finish second at the Villanova Invitational.