Saturday 24 August 2019

Manyonga jumps into record books as English forced to quit

Luvo Manyonga competing in the Men's Long Jump event. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Luvo Manyonga competing in the Men's Long Jump event. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Long jump world champion Luvo Manyonga delivered on his promise to put on a show at the Cork City Sports last night, the South African producing the longest jump ever on Irish soil with 8.20 metres. That gave him a decisive victory over Britain's Tim Duckworth (7.72m), with Shane Howard the leading Irish jumper with 7.36m.

Phil Healy produced a pair of promising performances in the sprints, the Bandon AC athlete clocking 11.49 for 100m and 23.40 for 200m to finish fourth in both races. Both events were won by US sprint sensation Candace Hill, who clocked 11.37 and 23.07.

There were troubling signs, however, for Mark English, who stepped off the track during the second lap of the men's 800m - won by Isiah Harris in 1:47.41.

Leon Reid finished third in a loaded men's 200m, the European finalist clocking 20.89 in a race won by USA's Sean McClean in 20.58. Marcus Lawler came home sixth in 21.05. Sarah Lavin was on the verge of a big performance in the women's 100m hurdles but clattered the last two barriers while in contention, eventually finishing runner-up in 13.55 behind Canada's Christie Moerman (13.30).

Nadia Power impressed in the women's 800m, the recent European U-23 medallist clocking 2:03.19 to finish fifth behind US winner Olivia Baker (2:01.26).

US sprinter Demek Kemp was quickest in the men's 100m, edging compatriot Jeff Demps 10.19 to 10.20, while fellow American Chuk Enekwechi unleashed a big throw of 21.19m to win the men's shot put.

Spain's Antonio Abadia kicked to victory in the men's 3000m in 7:48.26, where Conor Bradley led the Irish charge in seventh (7:58.30).

US athlete Robert Domanic won a tactical men's mile in 3:58.91, where Andrew Coscoran was the leading Irish finisher in seventh (4:01.45). Katrina Coogan claimed victory in the women's 3000m in 9:01.42.

Leevale's Alex Wright finished a close second in the men's 3000m race walk in 11:06.28 behind Britain's Callum Wilkinson, while 50km specialist Brendan Boyce was third in 11:17.84.

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