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.

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

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