Friday 18 October 2019

McElhinney is a history-maker with sub-14-minute time


Darragh McElhinney. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Darragh McElhinney. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Cork teenager Darragh McElhinney etched his name into Irish athletics history on Saturday night by becoming the first ever Irish junior to break 14 minutes for 5,000m, the 18-year-old Bantry AC athlete clocking 13:54.10 to smash the Irish U-20 record.

That was a personal best by 19 seconds and carved eight seconds off the previous U-20 record set by Kevin Mulcaire of Ennis in 2015.

On what was a breakthrough night for Irish distance running, Donore's John Travers clocked the fastest 5,000m by an Irishman since 2011 when running 13:28.86, a personal best by 15 seconds. That moved him to 14th on the Irish all-time list.

Luke McCann of Dundrum South Dublin clocked a PB of 3:42.37 for 1,500m, while in the sprints Carlow's Marcus Lawler continued his impressive form with a 10.56 100m. Teenage star Rhasidat Adeleke clocked 11.72 for the same distance, while former European U20 medallist Sarah Lavin impressed with 13.44 in the 100m hurdles, the Emerald athlete's fastest time since 2014.

Meanwhile, in the US, Ryan Forsyth advanced to next month's NCAA Championships with a personal best of 29:03.07 for 10,000m at the NCAA West Regionals, while Eric Favors advanced from the East Regionals with a PB of 19.11m in the shot put.

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