Irish team for IAAF World Athletics Championships 2017

Ciara Mageean (UCD) 1500m
Mark English (UCD) 800m
Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) 400m Hurdles
Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) 400m
Alex Wright (Leevale) 20km/50km Race Walk
Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley) 50km Race Walk
Robert Heffernan (Togher) 50km Race Walk
Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) Marathon
Paul Pollock (Annandale Striders) Marathon
Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) Marathon
Claire McCarthy (Leevale) Marathon
Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD) 800m

New mile PB for Mageean in London

Ciara Mageean has shown strong form heading into next month’s World Athletics Championships, by setting a new lifetime best in the women’s mile at the Anniversary Games Diamond League event at the same London Olympic Stadium where the Worlds will take place in August.
The European Championships bronze-medallist took six seconds off her PB in clocking 4:22.40, putting her second in the all-time Irish list behind national record holder Sonia O’Sullivan (4:17.25).
Helen Obiri won in a Kenyan record of 4:16.56, ahead of Britain’s Laura Muir.

Mageean was seventh overall in a race that produced two national records and eleven lifetime bests.

Mark English was caught by an early burst of pace in the 800m, and came home eleventh in 1:47.04, over a second-and-a-half outside his season’s best, as Olympic 2012 silver-medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana clocked a world lead of 1:43.18 ahead of American Donavan Brazier.

A new Northern Ireland of 40.35 seconds was set by the NI quartet in finishing seventh in the men’s 4x100m relay, including Paralympic 100m champion Jason Smyth – aiming for more gold in the same stadium at the upcoming World Paras – and Leon Reid, who has clocked a 200m qualifying time for the Worlds, but who cannot compete for Ireland in London as it stands, as he is currently registered to compete for Britain.

The IAAF have banned change of allegiances for the time being, as part of their investigation into abuses of country-swapping.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Norwegian sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen set a new European junior record of 8:26.81 on his 3000m steeplechase debut in the Belgian city of Kortrijk.

He has already won in the Diamond League this season.

Irish team for World Para Athletics Championships named

Irish team for 2017 Para Athletics World Championships, London 14th – 23rd

Jason Smyth, City of Derry AC, T13, 100m & 200m Profile
Michael McKillop, North Belfast Harriers, T37, 800m & 1500m Profile

Paul Keogan, Cushinstown AC, T37, 200m & 400m Profile

Patrick Monahan, Le Cheile AC, T53, 800m & 1500m Profile

Niamh McCarthy, Eagle AC, F41, Discus Profile

Orla Barry, Leevale AC, F57, Discus, Profile

Noelle Lenihan, North Cork AC, F38, Discus, Profile

Deirdre Mongan, F53, Shot Put, Â Profile

Orla Comerford, Raheny Shamrocks, T13, 100m, Profile

Greta Streimikyte, Clonliffe Harriers, T13, 1500m, Profile 

Team Staff

Team Manager: James Nolan

Throws Coach: Dave Sweeney

Team Physiotherapist: Jon Faulkner

Team support: Emer O’Brien

Team support: Micheal Bergin

Team support: Jim Lenihan.

Irish team for Euro Junior Athletics Championships

Men    1 100m & 4 x 100m David Murphy (Gowran)

2 200m & 4 x 100m Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers)

3 200m & 4 x 100m Mark Smyth (Raheny Shamrock)

4 400m & 4 x 400m Chris O’Donnell (North Sligo)

5 800m Conall Hayes (Le Cheile)

6 800m & 4 x 400m John Fitzsimons (Kildare)

7 1500m Charlie O’Donovan (Leevale)

8 1500m Darragh McElhinney (Bantry)

9 5,000m James Edgar (City of Lisburn)

10 Pole Vault Sean Roth (DSD)

11 Triple Jump Jordan Hoang (Tullamore Harriers)

12 4 x100m Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght)

13 4 x 100m Paul McDermott (Donore Harriers)

14 4 x 400m & 4 x 100m Jack Manning (KCH)

15 4 x 400m Jamie Pender (St. Abban’s)

16 4 x 400m Jamie Mitchell (Emerald)

17 4 x 400m Shane Irwin (Finn Valley)


18 100m & 4 x 100m Ciara Neville (Emerald)

19 100m & 4 x 100m Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock Louth)

20 100m & 4 x 100m Janine Boyle (Finn Valley) 

21 200m & 4 x 100m Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers)

22 200m, 4 x 100m, & 4 x 400m Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport)

23 400m & 4 x 400m Mollie O’Reilly (DSD)

24 800m Alex O’Neill (St. Cronan’s)

25 800m Carla Sweeney (Rathfarnham WSAF)

26 800m Rose Finnegan (Bohermeen)

27 1500m Emma O’Brien (Sli Cualann/Inbhear Dee)

28 1500m Jodie McCann (DSD)

29 1500m Nadia Power (Templeogue)

30 3000m & 5000m Amy-Rose Farrell (Blackrock)

31 100mH & 4 x 100m Molly Scott (St. L. O’Toole)

32 400mH & 4 x 400m Arlene Crossan (Finn Valley)

33 Heptathlon & 100mH Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown)

34 Heptathlon & Long Jump Kate O’Connor (St Gerard’s Dundalk)

35 Shot Putt & Hammer Michaela Walsh (Swinford)

36 Discus Niamh Fogarty (Mullingar Harriers)

37 10k Walk Niamh O’Connor (Celbridge)

38 4 x 400m Ciara Deely (KCH)

39 4 x 400m Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir)

40 4 x 400m Niamh Gowing (DSD)

100m specialists targeting Cork

Cork City Sports organisers are putting serious 100m talent together ahead of the live TG4 athletics extravaganza on July 18.

Facing off will be Pan-Am Games and World Indoors medallist Ramon Gittens of Barbados, the USA’s Pan-Am Junior champion Sean McLean and 19-year-old World Youth Olympics champion Sydney Siame of Zambia.

No sub-10-second 100m has ever been recorded in Ireland.

McLean has a lifetime best of 10.01, Gittens’ is 10.02, and though Zambian record holder Siame had been credited for three months with the second-fastest time in the world this year of 9.88 seconds, this has now been delisted by the IAAF due to inaccurate timing.

Siame’s best has been rolled back to 10.18 as a result, but the teen sprinter remains a strong prospect.

Phil Healy, John Travers, Sean Tobin, Eoin Everard, Sarah Lavin and Timmy Crowe are heading the Irish contingent at the CIT track.


The 9.88 no longer listed by the IAAF (Pic: Pierre-Jean Vazel)

Irish team for Euro U23 Athletics named

400m & 4x400m Relay Andrew Mellon (Crusaders AC) 
400m & 4x400m Relay Brandon Arrey (Blarney Iniscarra AC)     
400m & 4x400m Relay Harry Purcell (Trim AC) 
110mH Matthew Behan (Crusaders AC)
1500m Kevin Kelly (St. Coca’s AC)        
1500m & 5000m Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea AC) 

5000m Barry Keane (Waterford AC)      

Shot Put John Kelly (Finn Valley AC)       
Hammer Adam King (Iveragh AC)           
Hammer Owen Russell (St. Andrew’s AC)            
4x400m Relay Craig Newell (Ballymena & Antrim AC)      
4x400m Relay Paul White (Nenagh AC) 
4x400m Relay Karl Griffin (UCD AC)         

Long Jump, 200m, & 100m Sarah McCarthy (Mid Sutton AC)        
200m & 4X400m Relay Cliodhna Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers AC)    
400m & 4x400m Relay Jenna Bromell (Emerald AC)
400m, 200m & 4x400m Relay Sophie Becker (St. Joseph’s AC)     
800m & 4x400m Relay Alanna Lally (UCD AC)      
800m & 4x400m Relay Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC)  
Pole Vault Sarah McKeever (DSD AC)

Cork City Sports officially launched – live coverage on TG4

At a ceremony in the River Lee Hotel, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald launched the 2017 Cork City Sports. Now in its 66th year, takes place at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Athletic Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork on Tuesday evening, 18th July at 5.30pm and will feature a host of leading international athletes from around the world.

Leading Irish athletes who will compete are; Cork’s own national champion Phil Healy, whose international debut came in the European indoors in Belgrade last March; John Travers, who finished seventh in the 1500m at the 2015 European Indoors in Prague; European Junior silver medalist Sarah Lavin; plus Irish international athletes Timmy Crowe, long-jumper Adam McMullen, Sam Healy and Craig Lynch.

Among the top international athletes to feature in Cork will be, Olympic 400m hurdles bronze-medalist and twice World Championship silver-medalist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Raymond Gittens of Barbados, Ghanaian athletes Flings Owusu-Acheampong and Gemma Acheampong – with eight African Championship medals between them – while double Olympic finalist Collis Bermingham accompanies fellow Australian athletes Patrick Tiernan, Jordy Williamsz.

In the high jump Jamal Wilson BAH, Mike Edwards GBR  are sure to put on a spectacle, both athletes with season bests of 2.23m has the making of a great competition.  While in the long jump there are a number of 8 meter plus athletes to excite the crowd, including Goa Xinglong of China and Corey Crawford USA .

This year Cork City Sports will return to live television, when the legendary athletics meeting is broadcast live on TG4, to commence a multi-year deal. It will also be TG4’s first ever live athletics broadcast, having featured highlights of the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships from 2004 to 2010. The event will available to audiences across the world on TG4 Player and live stream on the Cork City Sports website.

The Cork City Sports Committee wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Irish Sports Council, Athletics Ireland, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, City of Cork VEC, Cork County Board AAI and Cork Institute Of Technology.

We would like to thank our Event Sponsors, Cork Airport, Johnson Controls, Leisureworld, AON Hewitt, Musgraves Super Value/Centra, Henry Ford & Son Ltd., Barry’s Tea, Johnson & Perrott Ltd., The River Lee, FDC Financial Services, John Buckley Sports, O’Callaghan Properties, O’Leary Insurance Group, DPS Engineering, Evros, FMC Pharmaceuticals. Cork ETB and VitHit Drinks, and our Media sponsors, The Evening Echo and Cork’s 96FM & C103FM.19146076_10155292335783405_1510786433685010134_n