IRELAND’S Olympic hopefuls continued their preparations for the World Championships later this summer at a number of venues over the weekend.
At Hengelo, UCD’s Mark English opened his outdoor season with a fifth in a quality men’s 800m.
His time of 1:45.83 was inside the qualifying mark for the Worlds.
Winning the race in a dive for the line was European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski of Poland in a time of 1:45.56.
In the 1500m, Ciarán ó Lionard of Leevale suffered a recurrence of his Achilles problems and trailed home 15th in 3:53.47, while in the women’s 1000m, Laura Crowe of Riocht finished ninth in 2:39.86.
Thomas Barr again went under 50 seconds when winning the 400m hurdles at the IFAN Meet in Belgium. Barr’s time of 49.50 secs put him comfortably clear of Belgium’s Michael Bultheel who finished in 50.61 secs.
In the women’s 800m, Ciara Everard proved that she is right back in form when she finished second in a personal best 2:01.21.
Her UCD teammate Karl Griffin’s time of 1:47.39 in the men’s 800m was also a personal best and qualifies him for the Euro U23s.
Best of the Irish women in the steeplechase was Michelle Finn who finished fourth in a personal best 9:49 minutes. She was followed by Kerry O’Flaherty 9:53.05 and Sara Treacy 10:04.78. Winning the 110m hurdles in 13.79 secs was Ben Reynolds. Sinead Denny ran 54.86 secs in the 400m; Kelly Proper ran 24.00 seconds in the 200m.