Wednesday 13 December 2017

Athletics: Gillick gets back on track

DAVID GILLICK got his season back on track with a solid fifth place from lane eight at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace, where he was the second European home in the 400m won by American Jeremy Wariner in 44.67 seconds.

Runner-up Jermaine Gonzales (44.80) was the only other one to break 45 seconds with fellow Jamaican Ricardo Chambers third in 45.18.

But the only European ahead of Gillick (who ran 45.79) was Britain’s European silver medallist Michael Bingham, with the two other European medalists – Kevin Borlee and Martyn Rooney – both finishing behind the DSD star. Irish team-mate Paul Hession could only finish seventh (20.79) from lane one in the 200m won by America’s Wallace Spearmon in 20.12.

Elsewhere, Waterford club Ferrybank scored a big double at the Woodies DIY National League finals, winning the premier women’s and men’s Division 1 titles.

A hurdles double by Jessie Barr, a long jump gold and javelin silver from Kelly Proper and two sprint silvers from Niamh Whelan helped Ferrybank to the women’s premier title ahead of Leevale, for whom Ailis McSweeney recorded a sprint double. Ferrybank came home well clear, on 134 points to Leevale’s 99, with Ballymena and Antrim third with 98.

Their men’s team won Division 1 with 119 points from Limerick County (108) and Tallaght (92). Clonliffe Harriers won the Premier men’s division with 136 points, well clear of Dundrum South Dublin on 97.5 and City of Derry on 97, the same total as Menapians, who lost on a countback.

Galway County won the women’s Division 1 title with 107 points, just two clear of Kildare County (105) and Clonliffe Harriers took third with 100.5 points.

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