Tuesday 24 October 2017

'World's best athlete' to compete at AIT

John Walshe

Ashton Eaton, the Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder, is the headliner at the AIT International Arena Grand Prix on February 26.

The 26-year-old, dubbed "the best athlete to ever walk the planet, hands down" at London 2012, is part of an international field – including Eaton's wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton – that will compete at the AIT International Arena, Athlone.

One of the highlights of the evening will undoubtedly be the Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile, which is sure to attract a top-calibre field looking to run the first four-minute mile in the Westmeath venue. A prize of €500 is on offer for the winner of the race if he achieves the elusive sub-four minute time. Among those already signed up are John Coghlan, David McCarthy, John Travers, and Joe Warne.

President of AIT Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin said: "The Grand Prix is attracting a growing list of national and international talent. People are really excited at the opportunity to see athletes who have succeeded at the highest level, whether that be in the Olympics, the World Championships or the European Championships. We're confident that this will be a sell-out event."

Events confirmed for the meet include the 60m, 400m, 600m, Senator Eamonn Coghlan Mile and 3,000m, as well as the long jump, shot put and 60m hurdles.


Colm Rooney led the way in Saturday's Business Houses Athletic Association (BHAA) Garda Cross-Country Race in Phoenix Park, finishing in 21.19. Tudor Mircea Moldovan finished second in 21.31 and Simon Ryan was third in 21.35.

Paula Grant (Secondary Teachers) won the women's race over two miles in 12.53. Louise Kelly finished second in 13.01 and Maura Kearns placed third in 13.06. There was a good entry in both the men's and women's races in this popular annual BHAA event. See www.bhaa.ie for the next race fixtures.


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