Monday 19 March 2018

Reynolds books London place

IRELAND'S race-walking team for the Olympics has increased to five after Leitrim's Laura Reynolds finally cracked the 'A' standard (1:33.30).

The 23-year-old from Mohill clocked a lifetime best of 1:32.34 when finishing seventh in the La Coruna Grand Prix. This brings the total number of Irish athletes to achieve the 'A' Olympic standard to 19.

While injury-hit David Gillick still isn't among them, the DSD 400m star has finally raced for the first time in 18 months, finishing eighth (in 48:36) in Turin. His comeback is expected to continue in Russia tomorrow night.

Elsewhere, Fionnuala Britton showed she won't be intimidated by the Africans in London with a good run in the 5,000m at the Diamond League meeting in New York.

The Kilcoole star led through the 2,000m and 3,000m marks and eventually finished sixth in 15:33 behind five Ethiopians. Tirunesh Dibaba (14:50) won a relatively slow race with a zippy final 1600m of 4:23, including a sub-62-second last lap.

Best of the young Irish who reached the US Collegiate finals was 13th-placed hammer thrower Ryan McCullough (Crusaders). David Rooney and Hollie Knight were both 17th in their respective 5,000m and 10,000m finals.

Irish Independent

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