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St Coca's Robinson hits comeback trail hard


Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

A thrilling Ronnie Delany 1500m proved the highlight of the Le Chéile International in Leixlip, with local athlete Paul Robinson just pipped for victory by Australian visitor Jordy Williamsz.

Williamsz finished in 3 mins 43.16 secs and St Cocaca's Robinson, who has only returned to elite racing after a long injury break, in 3:43. Chasing them hard was Raheny's Kieran Kelly who finished third, with last year's winner Tom Lancashire fourth. Junior international Kevin McGrath of Bohermeen was fifth in an excellent 3:46.14.

Irish champion Christine McMahon was a comfortable winner of the women's 400m hurdles in 56.97 secs.

First home in the men's 400m was comeback kid David Gillick of DSD. His time of 47.02 was enough to hold off the challenge of Grant Plenderleith from Australia who finished in 48.08. "Last race of a very enjoyable season," tweeted Gillick afterwards.

In the sprints, Nigerian athlete Stephanie Kalu won the women's 100m in 11.71, while Kilkenny's Cliodhna Manning won the 200m in 24.57. Leon Reid of Birchfield Harriers and Northern Ireland made it a double in the men's races. He won the 100m in 10.67 secs and the 200m in 21.26 secs.

Kat Marshall of New Zealand set a new stadium record when winning the 800m in 2:04.13. Best of the Irish was Lisburn's Kelly Neely fourth in 2:05.99. Dean Cronin of Blarney won the men's 800m in 1:20.26, with Ferrybank's Niall Tuohy second in 1:51.34.

A clear winner of the men's 3000m was Leevale's Mark Hanrahan in 8:16.11.