Friday 6 December 2019

Athletics: O'Rourke on fire to boost Indoors bid

Cliona Foley

Derval O'Rourke demonstrated she's still very much on track for the upcoming World Indoors 60m hurdles when recording a season-best of eight seconds flat and finishing second at the Floro International in Norway.

The Leevale star was forced to pull out of the Birmingham GP a week ago because of illness but she bounced back by improving her previous season-best, 8.11, when winning her heat in 8.06 and then coming second in the final with 8.00 behind local winner Folake Akinyemi, who won with a new Norwegian record of 7.94.

Elsewhere, Newbridge's Rose-Anne Galligan became the latest athlete to make the Irish team for the World Indoors in Doha by getting the 1,500m qualifying standard at the Spanish Championships. Galligan knocked over two seconds off her previous best with a new PB of 4:12.72, well inside the qualifying mark of 4:15.00.

Deirdre Ryan (DSD) may have done enough to convince the selectors that she is in the shape to travel by jumping 1.90m at the French Nationals. Rising star Ciara Mageean lowered her Irish junior record from 2:07.82 to 2:07.79 when winning the 800m at the English Underage Indoor Championships.

Meanwhile, American Ben Bruce won the 41st Coca-Cola Ras na hEireann men's cross-country title in Oldbridge, Drogheda yesterday. Bruce won the 6,000m race in 17:38.

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