Saturday 24 March 2018

O'Flaherty stakes claim for Euros with personal best

Kerry O'Flaherty
Kerry O'Flaherty

With the squad for next weekend's European Team Championships to be announced today, a number of athletes had a last chance to impress the selectors at Saturday's Le Cheile IMC International held in Leixlip.

A personal best time of 4:12.79 for Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty in the women's 1500m proved the highlight of the meet.

O'Flaherty produced a storming finish for second place behind New Zealand's Angela Petty, who won in 4:08.54. It was a second PB for O'Flaherty in four days - last Wednesday she ran 9:51.64 for second place in her specialist steeplechase at a meet in Huelva, Spain.

A closely-fought men's 1500m was won by English visitor Tom Lancashire in 3:40.04. Donore's John Travers, who chased Lancashire hard on the final lap, ended up second in 3:41.43. John Coghlan of MSB was fourth in 3:45.

Hurdler Thomas Barr had opted to give the meet a rest after his record-breaking exploits a week earlier and in his absence, British visitor Sebastian Rogers ran a time of 49.84 in the 400m hurdles to break the track record set by Barr a year earlier.

Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn opted to run in the women's 'B' 3,000m and was rewarded with a time of 9:27.23.

There was also an impressive time of 57.42 for Jessica Turner of Great Britain in the women's 400m hurdles. Ballymena's Christine McMahon was fourth in 59.52.

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