Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gregan sets the pace as Kervick secures Euros spot

ATHLETICS

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) continued his solid early-season form by winning the 200m at the Woodie's DIY AAI Open Games in Morton Stadium.

The Irish 400m champion clocked a personal best for the 200m of 21.05 as he got the better of David Hynes (Menapians) over the last 30 metres. Hynes – who won the men's 100m earlier in the day in 10.60 – set a new PB of 21.11 in second.

Sligo's young Zaz Irwin, who ran 21.76 (another PB) for third, will also be delighted, as he secured a World Youths Championship 200m 'B' qualifying time.

Dara Kervick (Carrick-on-Suir) won the men's 400m in style setting a new PB of 47.28. Kervick's time was also inside the standard for the European U-23 Championships later this season. Crusaders stalwart Brian Murphy was a good second in a time of 47.59.

The women's 400m was won by Sinead Denny (Dundrum South Dublin) in a competitive 54.52, just outside her best of 54.24 set in Belgium last week.

Her young clubmate Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who stepped down from her preferred distance of 800m for speedwork over the one-lap event, finished third in 55.17.

Sarah Lavin (Emerald), fresh from breaking Derval O'Rourke's National Junior 100m hurdles record recently, won a competitive women's 100m in a time of 12.04, with Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) given the same time in second place. Lavin also took first place in her specialist event, the 100m hurdles, earlier in the day with a time of 13.82.

There was a close finish to the women's 200m with Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank) getting the verdict in a time of 23.70, just ahead of Steffi Creaner (Celtic DCH) in 23.72.

Irish international Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny) looked assured over 800m and took over the lead with 200m remaining to win comfortably in 1:50.04.

Ireland's 2012 Olympic marathon representative Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers) made a welcome return to the track over 5,000m and won comfortably in a time of 14.28.91.

Adam King (Iveragh) was in good form in the hammer event, throwing the 5kg weight a distance of 67.56m in the second round, just short of the 'A' standard of 68m for the World Youths Championships.

David Quilligan (Leevale), who recorded a big PB of 7.44m in the Irish universities match against their Scottish counterparts last weekend, was back in action in the long jump and won the competition with a solid 7.20m.

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