Monday 19 March 2018

Donegal aces shine as records tumble

DONEGAL'S impressive new wave of athletes continued their record-breaking form at the Woodies DIY Juvenile Championships in Tullamore.

Karl Griffin broke Danny O'Brien's 34-year U-17 800m record (1.55 flat) with a run of 1:52.73 -- no surprise given that the exciting 15-year-old from Tir Chonaill AC ran a sensational PB of 1:50.04 at the Morton Mile meeting on Friday.

Letterkenny's Mark English, usually an 800/1500m man, dropped down to 400m and ran 48.02 seconds to break Brendan Murphy's U-19 record from 1988.

Dalton McGuigan (Finn Valley) broke the U-17 steeplechase record in 6:20.51, Kate McGowan's (Tir Chonaill AC) 11.54 run surpassed Kalyn Sheehan's U-15 80m hurdles record and Fellan McGuigan (Finn Valley) also broke the U-16 hammer record with a huge 70.74-metre throw.

Wexford's Marco Pons (DMP), Kayleigh Cronin (Spa Muckross), Siobhan McGinley (Celtic), Molly Scott and Claire Murphy (both St Laurence O'Toole) and Ben Kiely and Ciara Giles-Doran (both Ferrybank) were also among the record-breakers in track and field.

Finnegan falls short in World bid

DONEGAL'S Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny) produced a personal best in the final of the 1500m at the World Youth (U-18) Championships in Lille yesterday, yet his 3:49.58 was good enough for only 10th place in a blistering race.

Finnegan knocked over a second off his previous best time (4:51.18) as Ethiopia's Teshome Dirirsa stormed home in 3:39.13.

Marcus Lawler finished seventh in his 200m semi-final in 21.81secs, while Evan Lynch finished 29th in the 10km walk.

Britton third in Birmingham

Fionnuala Britton produced her second-best time as she finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Grand Prix meeting in Birmingham.

Britton's 9:37.93 was only just outside her career best of 9:37.60, which she ran in New York last month, but was again well inside the World Championships qualifying standard of 9:43.00.

The race was won by Sofia Assefa of Ethiopia in 9:25.89.

Alistair Cragg was involved in an exciting 5,000m, finishing ninth in 13:16.80 behind local darling Mo Farah, who won in 13:16.80.

Irish Independent

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