Thursday 22 February 2018

Athletics: Gregan books spot at World Indoors

Brian Gregan earned a place on the Irish team for the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul next month with a lifetime best performance.

Gregan travelled to Gent for the Flanders Cup on Saturday with only one thing on his mind: to run under the 46.90 qualifying standard that would get him to the starting line in Turkey and the Clonliffe runner got everything right.

Czech Josef Prorok won in 46.14, with 22-year-old Gregan crossing the line in 46.66, a lifetime best.

Ben Reynolds also qualified for Istanbul in the 60m hurdles. The North Down athlete clocked 7.74, which matched the standard set down by the IAAF.

This brings to four the number of Irish likely to be in action in Istanbul -- Derval O'Rourke and Ciaran O'Lionaird are the other two.

Irish women's 400m record holder Joanne Cuddihy triumphed at the Sydney Classic over the weekend in 51.86 seconds.

The Kilkenny runner has a 51.55 target to get her to the Olympics in the summer.

Former Irish distance runner and 1960 Olympian Bertie Messitt passed away over the weekend. He was 83.

A long-time member of Donore Harriers, Messitt competed in the marathon in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Irish Independent

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