Monday 19 February 2018

Athletics: Pena in pole position for Korea tilt after latest record

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Tori Pena added another 5cm to her Irish pole vault record when clearing 4.30m in California -- where she was born -- leaving her just 10cm short of the 4:40m qualifying mark for this year's World Championships in Korea.

Two US-based Irishmen -- Martin Fagan and Andrew Ledwith -- finished in the top 10 at the Bupa Great Manchester 10km.

Fagan led through half-way in 14:17 and finished fifth (28:39) in the high-class race won by Haile Gebrseslassie in 28:10, with Ledwith ninth in 29:02.

At home, Clare's Timmy Crowe (Dooneen) produced the stand-out performances at the Woodie's DIY/AAI Games in Santry, winning both the 400m flat and hurdles with personal best times of 47:78 and 52:24, the latter just outside the European U-23 qualifying time of 52:10.

Megan Kiely (Ferrybank AC) got the qualifying standard for World Youths and the European Youth Olympics (EYOF) when winning the 400m hurdles in 61:01:03.

The showdown between rising sprinters Steven Colvert (Crusaders) and Dean Adams (B&A) never materialised as the latter was disqualified for a false start and Colvert, like DSD's Claire Bergin, completed a 100/200m sprint double. Rory Chesser (Ennis) and Donore's second-placed John Travers ran PBs of 8:05:95 and 8:08:93 in the 3,000m.

Sean Tobin's (Clonmel) winning time in the 3,000m B race (8:33.51) qualified him for the World Youths while Paul Robinson (St. Coca's AC) won the 800m in a season best 1.50.28. Daire Farrell (Carrick-on-Shannon) and Sara Lavin (Emerald AC) achieved the EYOF standards in 800m and sprint hurdles respectively.

Irish Independent

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