Impressive Gregan surges to PB at Morton Games
Brian Gregan was the standout performer at last night's Morton Games in Santry, the 27-year-old Dubliner smashing his lifetime best to defeat an international field in the men's 400m in 45.26.
Gregan, who secured qualification for the World Championships earlier this month, came home a convincing winner over Brazil's Anderson Henriques (46.51) and Britain's Conrad Williams (46.78). "I'm delighted," he said. "I never usually feel good when I'm running fast, but the crowd lifted me that last 100 metres."
Gregan had endured a turbulent time in recent years, losing form due to injury and illness, but after a string of consistent training he has returned to the top level.
"I owe [coach] John Shields a lot for sticking with me and getting me back into shape," he said. "It's been a long time coming but I'm starting to show how good I am. Years of struggling erodes the confidence but one good day in athletics is worth a thousand bad days."
Ciara Mageean came up short in the women's 800m, the 24-year-old fading to third in 2:02.20 in a race won by Britain's Adelle Tracey in 2:01.53.
With Thomas Barr a late withdrawal through injury, Paul Byrne was the leading Irishman in the 400m hurdles, finishing fourth in 51.02 in a race won by Alfredo Sepulveda in 49.98.
The women's 1500m was won by American Alexa Efraimson in 4:06.73, while the Morton Mile produced a thrilling finish with Robert Dominic taking victory in 3:55.71. Clonmel's Sean Tobin dipped under the four-minute barrier when finishing 11th in 3:58.70.