Friday 30 September 2016

Lawler and Manning secure Euro spots with record times

Athletics

Lindie Naughton

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

Marcus Lawler underlined his status as the fastest man in Ireland when he won the 100m at the Glo Health Irish U-23 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore
Marcus Lawler underlined his status as the fastest man in Ireland when he won the 100m at the Glo Health Irish U-23 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore

Marcus Lawler underlined his status as the fastest man in Ireland when he won the 100m at the Glo Health Irish U-23 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore.

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The St Laurence O'Toole runner's time of 10.54 seconds put him well clear of Jonathan Browning who finished in 10.73 secs.

In the women's 200m, Cliodhna Manning of Kilkenny City Harriers ran a superb personal best time of 23.94 secs. Both Lawler (right) and Manning will compete in the European U-23 Championships starting on Thursday in Estonia.

Three other athletes were using the competition as part of their European preparations. UCD's Ciara Lavin clocked a time of 13.97 secs in the 100m hurdles.

Long jumper Sarah McCarthy also underlined her current good form with a leap of 6.08m, while Dempsey McGuigan threw 63.78m to win the men's hammer.

In the junior championships, with places on the Irish team for the European Juniors in Sweden at stake, Swinford's Michaela Walsh posted a record of 14.09m in the women's shot. She also won the hammer with a throw of 58.93m and completed a hat-trick with the javelin with a throw of 39.57m.

Kevin Mulcaire, who has the qualifying mark for the 5,000m at the European Juniors, dropped down a distance to the 1500m and won easily.

Harry Purcell won the 800m in a time of 1:53.71 after overtaking Cillian Kirwan, whose time of 1:54.51 means he will also travel to the European Juniors.

Others to qualify for Sweden include Louis Shanahan winner of the 800m in 2:12.21, and Jenna Bromell who clocked 54.70 secs in the 400m.

Finn Valley's John Kelly won the junior men's shot in a new record best of 16.93m, while Ciara Neville of Emerald won the junior 100m in a wind-assisted time of 11.68 sec. In the 5000m, Isabel Carron of Skerries had a clear victory.

Irish decathlon champion Kourosh Foroughi recorded a personal best score of 6702 points to finish seventh at the European Cup Combined Events Second League in Poland.

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