Sunday 18 March 2018

In Brief: Galligan breaks Sonia's national record

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILDARE'S Roseanne Galligan broke Sonia O'Sullivan's 19-year-old national 800m record at the Diamond League/ Anniversary Games at London's Olympic Stadium.

And Donegal's Mark English came within three hundredths of a second of breaking David Matthews' men's equivalent on a brilliant night for the two young Irish half-milers.

Kerry's Laura Crowe was the pacemaker in the women's 800m won by America's Brendan Martinez in 1:58:19, and though Galligan (Newbridge AC) only finished sixth, her time of 2:00.58 not only improved her PB (2:01.07) but broke O'Sullivan's 2:00.69 record set in 1994.

And an hour later Letterkenny star English (UCD AC) produced a brilliant finish to come sixth in the men's 800m in a time of 1:44.84, which not only made him only the second Irishman to break 1:45 but was just two hundredths off Matthews' 18-year-old record of 1:44:82.

The Leinster Senior Cup final, scheduled for Castle Avenue today, has been postponed after the ground was totally flooded due to heavy rain.

It is hoped to play the game tomorrow. However, if weather conditions prevent a start, an alternative date for the final will be sought by Cricket Leinster.

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen is expected to be fit for next week's third Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford following the calf injury he sustained at Lord's. Nottinghamshire's James Taylor had been expected to play in place of Pietersen.

Irish Independent

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