The famous Morton Games athletics meeting will be packed with big names this Friday in Santry for its first ever live broadcast, with live coverage via YouTube and the Morton Games website, and highlights to be broadcast on Setanta Ireland and Irish TV.
Two world champions from 2011, Yohan Blake in the 100m and Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles have been named, along with European 5000m silver-medallist from Zurich last year Andy Vernon, and 2004 Olympic 4x100m relay gold-medallist Mark Lewis-Francis.
Ireland’s newest world champion Thomas Barr is on the list of home athletes competing, including double European medallist Mark English, Ciara Everard, Kelly Proper, Laura Crowe, Mary Cullen, Marcus Lawler, Zak Irwin, Timmy Crowe, Richard Morrissey, Eoin Everard, Kevin Batt and John Travers.
Everard over 800m and Proper in the 200m are looking to improve her impressive times this season in their bid to qualify for both next months’ World Athletics Championships in Beijing and the Olympic Games in Rio.
Proper currently lies four-hundredths of a second outside the World Championships qualifying time over the half-lap, while Everard is 0.21 outside the 800m qualifying mark, following her sixth-place finish at the World University Games.
Mark English is also looking to get over his recent off-spell after finishing third at the Cork City Sports, and being well off the pace in the 800m final at last week’s European Under-23 Athletics Championships in Tallinn.
Coverage will be presented by Tulsen Tollett, with the usual independent television commentary team of Will Downing, Dick Hooper and Jessie Barr being joined by new signing David Gillick, with the twice European 400m indoor champion making his commentary debut.
Produced by Irish Sports Network and OB company 247.tv, the live stream will run from 7pm-9:15pm on the Friday night, with highlights broadcast at the following times –
Tues July 28 – 7:30pm
Wed July 29 – 6:00am
Wed July 29 – 1:00pm
Thu July 30 – 8:00pm
Sun Aug 2 – 12noon
Irish TV is available in the UK and Ireland on Sky 191 and Freesat 400, plus 191 on eVision and online at irishtv.ie, while Setanta Ireland is available as a basic channel on UPC and eVision, and is a subscription channel on Sky 423.
Coverage of the Morton Games comes off the back of broadcasting of the Cork City Sports and cycling’s Junior Tour of Ireland from Clare.