Athletics - Ciara Everard grabs a place in Prague
KILKENNY'S Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Donegal's Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) got their seasons off to a great start by bagging the qualification standard for the European Indoor Championships at the GloHealth AAI Games.
Everard (24) showed a great return to form at 800m by running 2:03.50 in Athlone IT to earn her place in Prague.
Mooney (26) reeled in Denmark's Andreas Bueno to win the 1,500m in a personal best of 3:42.69, which was inside the 3:43.00 qualification mark. Joe Warne Doheny was third in 3:45.42, but Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea), fifth in 3:47.04, got inside the 'A' standard.
Clonliffe's Dara Kervick ran a personal best to win the 400m in 47.26, but it was six hundredths outside Euro qualification, and Galway's Sean Breathnach produced a stadium record of 17.14m to win the shot putt.
Leitrim's Gerard O'Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon) was just off the stadium record of 7.97 seconds when he won the 60m hurdles in a PB of 7.99 seconds.
Ireland dipped inside the old world record (9:25.97) when they finished second to USA in the distance medley at the Armory Invitational in New York.
Matt Centrowitz's first 1,200m leg (2:49.47) helped the US smash the record with a time of 9:19.93, but Mark English ran the race's fastest 800m leg (1:46.59) and Ciaran O Lionaird (3:58.23) anchored Ireland home in a time of 9:25.37 after legs by Declan Murray (2:53.17) and Brian Gregan (47:40). The Irish quartet finished nearly two seconds clear of Kenya.