Friday 22 February 2019

Diver on top of the world with stunning outing

 

Mayo-born Sinéad Diver
Mayo-born Sinéad Diver

Cathal Dennehy

Mayo native Sinéad Diver produced another stunning performance over the weekend, running a world over-40 best of 1:08:55 at the Marugame International Half Marathon in Japan.

The race was won by Kenya's Betsy Saina in 1:07:49, Diver coming home third. With Diver recently announced in the elite line-up for the London Marathon in April, the signs are strong that the 41-year-old is on course to improve her personal best of 2:25:19, which she ran to win the Melbourne Marathon in October.

However, anything Diver achieves at major championships will be in an Australian vest, the nation she moved to 2002 and has chosen to represent since 2015.

Meanwhile, at the AAI Games in Dublin, Longford's Cian McPhillips set an Irish U-18 1500m record of 3:46.17, the 16-year-old smashing Ciarán Ó Lionáird's old mark of 3:50.86. The race was won by John Travers in 3:44.56.

Leevale's Alex Wright set a national record of 11:06.69 in the 3,000m race walk, while sprinters Lauren Roy and Sophie Becker both clocked qualifying times for the European Indoor Championships, Roy winning the 60m in 7.39 and Becker the 400m in 53.66.

Thomas Barr raced the indoor 400m hurdles, winning with ease in 52.81, and given his specialist race is not a championship event indoors, he will target the 400m at the European Indoors in Glasgow.

Sarah Healy may be another on course for those championships. She opened her 2019 season with a win in the 1500m in 4:17.78.

Irish Independent

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