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Thomas raises barr in doha

With the Irish competing in Doha, London, Loughborough and Stretford last weekend, Dublin Airport was the place to be if you were looking for your favourite athlete.

Hurdler Thomas Barr made the longest journey, travelling to Doha in Qatar for his first ever Diamond League meet, underlining his current world-class status.

Running in the 400m hurdles, Barr finished third in a time of 48.99 secs - not far off his Irish record of 48.90 set last year. Next up for Barr is Saturday's IFAN Meet in Oordegem, Belgium.

Closer to home, at the British Milers' Club meet in Stretford, Kevin Mulcaire of Ennis took over four seconds off John Treacy's 40-year-old Irish junior record when he ran 14 mins 02.6 secs for 5000m.

A thrilling race saw the 17-year-old Mulcaire losing out only to Andrew Hayes of Sheffield who ran 14 mins 01.30 secs.

One place behind in 14:11.09 was Paul Pollock of Annadale, while seventh, in a personal best 14:19.05, was Kevin Seaward from St Malachy's. Both men are aiming for fast marathon times.

Running the 800m was UCD's Ciara Everard who finished fourth in 2:03.34;close to her best of 2:02.96.Deirdre Doyle and Aislinn Crossey clocked times of 2:09.96 and 2:10.26 respectively in other races.

In the men's A 800m, Niall Tuohy of Ferrybank was fourth in 1:50.11.

MSB's John Coghlan is aiming for a fast time in the steeplechase this season and he clocked 9:04.24 on his way to victory in Stretford, with  Mullingar junior Jack O'Leary running a time of 9:10.88.

At the Highgate Night of 10,000m in London, John Travers of Donore ran 29 mins 04.66 secs and DSD's Maria McCambridge 33mins 15secs. Both were personal best times and both finished fourth in their races and both now top the Irish rankings.

Ninth behind Travers was DSD's Brandon Hargreaves who ran 29:19.42, while 18th in 29:59.61 was Tullamore's Liam Brady.

At the Loughborough International, Clonliffe's Jayme Rossiter again went under ten minutes for the steeplechase finishing third in 8:59.87. Sara Tracey of Dunboyne was second in the women's 3000m in 9:08.81. Ben Reynolds finished third in the 110m hurdles in 13.91 secs, followed by Irish champion Ger O'Donnell 5th in 14.10 secs.

As well as Barr, a large Irish group will be at Dublin airport again this weekend on their way to Belgium.

Among those entered are Kelly Proper (200m), Craig Lynch (200m) and (400m), Christine McManus (400m) hurdles, Sinéad Denny (400m) and Ciara Everard (800m). Sara Treacy, Kerry Harty and Michelle Finn are all entered in the women's steeplechase.