Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mageean beats own record as Dundrum and Clonliffe reign

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CIARA MAGEEAN knocked two full seconds off her Irish junior 1500m record when winning in 4:07.45 at the British Milers Club in Birmingham.

Mageean's previous mark of 4:09.51 was set when she won silver at the World Junior Championships last year.

Her latest effort not only moves the Portaferry teenager up to fourth on the Irish all-time list but into second place in the current IAAF junior rankings behind Tizita Bogale, the Ethiopian who beat her last year.

Meanwhile, Clonliffe secured their fourth premier men's title as Ireland's top clubs battled it out in the final of the Woodies DIY Track and Field Club League in Tullamore.

Ferrybank, without some of their key members, were unable to retain the women's equivalent.


Valuable wins in the high jump and 400m by Deirdre Ryan and Claire Bergin respectively -- the only athletes from Ireland's team for the World Championships who took part -- helped Dundrum South Dublin to a convincing victory in the women's premier event with 127 points. Bandon (110) finished second, with Leevale (104) third.

Clonliffe (118 points), led by national champion Mark Kenneally and a surprise 100m victory by Danny Kavanagh in a 10.89 personal best, held on to the men's title. Laois club St Abban's (101) finished second, while North Down (99.5) edged out Leevale (97.5) for third.

Clonliffe secured a double as their women's team won the Division 1 title with 113 points ahead of Raheny (108) and St Abban's (98).

Tallaght AC and Galway City Harriers AC also gained promotion from Division One.

Meanwhile, Athlone Institute of Technology was the setting as approximately 3,000 children between the age of six and 16 from across the country took part in the HSE Community Games national finals.

Irish Independent

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