Sunday 8 December 2019

Flying Foster equals McSweeney's 100m record


Irish 100m sprinter Amy Foster
Irish 100m sprinter Amy Foster

Cliona Foley

IT took 32 years for the Irish women's 100m record to be broken and sprinter Amy Foster has equalled it, just four years later.

Leevale's Ailis McSweeney set the new mark of 11.40 in 2010 when she knocked three hundredths of a second off Michelle Walsh's record which had stood since 1978.

Foster (City of Lisburn) equalled the Irish record in Clermont, Florida, with a following wind of +1.7, with just her fifth race of the year. It also clinched qualifying for the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships.

But Fionnuala Britton failed to reach European 10,000m qualifying standard. She went to Highgate looking for 32:15 but could only manage 32:57.49 and fourth in a race won by Jo Pavey in 32:11. Maria McCambridge was seventh.

But Sarah Collins set a new Irish U-23 10,000m record in US collegiate competition by winning the Big East 33:36.36, breaking Aisling Ryan's 33:37.4.

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