Athletics: Carey hits stride in Lucerne
DAVID Gillick, still suffering the after-affects of his European final disappointment, could only finish third in Lucerne yesterday, in a race to get him back in the groove for upcoming Diamond League meetings in London and Zurich.
American LeJerald Betters (USA) won the 400m in 45.50 with Ben Offereins (Australia) second in 45.70 and Gillick third in 45.95, well outside his sub-45 season best.
Michelle Carey won the 400m hurdles at the same meet in a season-best 56.62.
Meanwhile, North Sligo's Mary Cullen had her first track race in some time, finishing ninth in the 3,000m in an encouraging time of 9:05.26.
Deirdre Ryan cleared 1.83m in the high jump and elsewhere, Ireland had a very good victory over Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Celtic International Under-Age event in Athlone IT.
In Tallinn US sprinter Justin Gatlin clocked 10.17 seconds yesterday to win his second consecutive 100m event since coming back from a four-year doping ban.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion, was running at the Ergo World challenge meeting in Tallinn as he works towards the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Before August 3, when he also ran in Estonia, he had not raced competitively since June 2006 after testing positive for the male sex hormone testosterone and its precursors.
The 28-year-old regained his eligibility to compete in July, but was expected to have difficulty finding races even after the ban ended because of a Euro Meetings recommendation not to invite athletes who bring disrepute to the sport.
Gatin bettered his final time from the August 3 meeting where he ran 10.24 seconds. His personal best is 9.85. Fellow American Rubin Williams was second yesterday in 10.25.
Gatlin and his team say they are still looking for their next competition, and there is speculation he might compete in Finland, at the Joensuu Games on August 21.