Wednesday 18 September 2019

Healy flies flag at Morton Games

Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile
Phil Healy. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

On a wet, windy night in Santry, Ireland's fastest woman produced the best performance for the home contingent at the Morton Games last night, Phil Healy powering to second in the women's 200m in 24.02.

That was well off her Irish record of 22.99 but it proved another step forward on the path to the World Championships given it was run into a stiff 2.2m/s headwind. Healy turned for home alongside Kiara Parker, but the American came home stronger to take victory in 23.94.

Ciara Mageean and Mark English finished fourth in their respective 800m races, the recent European Indoor medallists unable to find the speed to overhaul their international rivals. Canada's Lindsey Butterworth powered to victory in 2:01.33 from Baker (2:01.69). Mageean came home fourth in 2:01.94.

English was off the pace midway through the men's 800m yet unleashed a typically flying finish to get up for fourth in 1:49.27. Isaiah Harris took victory in 1:48.20.

There was a disappointing return for Dubliner Brian Gregan, who felt tightness in his hamstring on the first bend of the 400m and stepped off the track, with USA's Obi Igbokwe powering to victory in 45.95.

Australia's Patrick Tiernan produced a fine run to win the men's 5000m, recovering from a fall to come home a clear winner in driving rain in 13:28.41. Robert Domanic of USA kicked to victory in the Morton Mile in 3:58.90 ahead of last year's champion Sam Prakel (3:59.11).

There was drama in the mixed 4x400m as the Dutch team left the baton behind them at the start, which led to a disqualification after they came home clear winners.

The Irish quartet of Brandon Arrey, Sharlene Mawdsley, Nicole Walsh and Cathal Crosbie took victory in 3:26.79. Australia's Eleanor Patterson took the women's high jump with 1.89m ahead of Irish U-20 athlete Sommer Lecky, who had a best of 1.83m.

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