Mark English wins 800m in Vaasa


Mark English took victory in the 800m as the Irish women’s 4x400m relay team produced their fastest time since the 2012 Olympics, but Ireland have to be content with eighth place in the European Athletics Team Championships First League in the Finnish city of Vaasa.

After earning World Championships qualification last Sunday at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting, English produced his trademark kick to streak past Dane Andreas Bube in the final straight to earn maximum points for Ireland, only the second athlete to manage this over the weekend at the Karl’s Stadium.

More at and Irish Examiner.

European Athletics Team Championships First League – Final Table & Breakdown

Track Field  TOTAL
1 Sweden 177  (3) 143.5  (2) 320.5
2 Finland 158  (7) 156.5  (1) 314.5
3 Switzerland 222  (1) 83.5  (9) 305.5
4 Turkey 182  (2) 120  (3) 302
5 Portugal 171  (4) 114  (4) 285
6 Norway 170  (5) 102.5  (6) 272.5
7 Romania 148  (9) 98  (8) 246
8 Ireland 167  (6) 71  (12) 238
9 Belgium 155  (8) 77.5  (10) 232.5
10 Estonia 99  (11) 104  (5) 203
11 Bulgaria 93  (12) 100.5  (7) 193.5
12 Denmark 112  (10) 75  (11) 187

Relegated from Super League – Belarus, Netherlands, Russia
Promoted from Second League – Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania

Ireland’s Sunday results – European Athletics Team Championships

12:35 14:35 110m Hurds M Ben Reynolds   0
12:45 14:45 800m M Mark English  1st  12
12:57 14:57 1500m W Emma Mitchell  9th  4
13:10 15:10 3000m SC M David Flynn  11th 2
13:32 15:32 100m Hurds W Sarah Lavin  8th  5
13:43 15:43 200m W Phil Healy  7th  6
13:53 15:53 200m M Marcus Lawler  8th  5
14:01 16:01 5000m W Ann-Marie McGlynn  6th  7
14:25 16:25 3000m M John Travers  5th  8
14:43 16:43 4x400m W Denny, Healy, Bromell, Mawdsley  2nd 11
14:53 16:53 4x400m M O’Donnell, Gregan, Barr, English  2nd  11
11:25 13:25 Discus M Colin Quirke  7th  6
11:35 13:35 High Jump W Sommer Lecky  4th  9
12:35 14:35 Triple Jump M Denis Finegan  10th  3
12:48 14:48 Pole Vault M Sean Roth  10th  3
12:50 14:50 Discus W Clare Fitzgerald  11th  2
13:15 15:15 Shot Put W Niamh Fogarty  10th  3
14:10 16:10 Long Jump W Sarah McCarthy  4th 9
14:22 16:22 Javelin M Stephen Rice  10th  3

Ireland seventh at halfway in Euro Teams

Ireland lie seventh after the middle day of the European Athletics Team Championships in the northern Finnish city of Vaasa, with Brian Gregan scoring the only Irish victory of day two, alongside eleven top-six finishes.

The Irish team are well adrift though of the three promotion places for the 2019 Super League, but are under no risk of relegation to the third flight.

Gregan was immense in winning the men’s 400 metres, his victory never in any conceivable doubt.

Having won yesterday’s heat in 46.24 seconds, the Dubliner romped to glory today in 45.83, well clear of the rest – benefitting from the new format introduced to this year’s Team Championships whereby the sprint events have qualifiers run off on the Friday to shorten the weekend sessions.

Full story at and Irish Examiner.

Ireland’s Saturday results – European Athletics Team Championships

IRL FIN Place pts
12:37 14:37 400m H W Christine McMahon 9th 4
12:47 14:47 400m H M Thomas Barr  5th  8
12:57 14:57 100m W Amy Foster  2nd  11
13:07 15:07 100m M Eanna Madden 9th 4
13:15 15:15 3000m W Shona Heaslip  4th  9
13:31 15:31 1500m M Paul Robinson  5th  8
13:42 15:42 800m W Claire Mooney  6th  7
13:55 15:55 400m W Sinead Denny  5th  8
14:05 16:05 400m M Brian Gregan  1st  12
14:15 16:15 5000m M Mark Christie  8th  5
14:36 16:36 3000m SC W Kerry O’Flaherty  7th  6
14:53 16:53 4x100m W Foster, Mawdsley, Whelan, Neville  2nd  11
15:02 17:02 4x100m M Robinson, Madden, Smyth, Lawler  9th  4
11:25 13:25 Hammer W Cara Kennedy 11th 2
11:35 13:35 Pole Vault W Sarah McKeever  12th  1
12:35 14:35 Triple Jump W Sarah Buggy  6th  7
12:57 14:57 Hammer M Dempsey McGuigan  6th  7
13:21 15:21 High Jump M Ryan Carthy Walsh  10th  3
13:32 15:32 Shot Put M Seán Breathnach  11th  2
14:20 16:20 Long Jump M Adam McMullen  4th  9
14:30 16:30 Javelin W Grace Casey  11th  2

Irish team for European Athletics Team Championships

Vaasa in northern Finland hosts the European Athletics Team Championships First League on June 23-25, featuring a strong Irish team.

Apart from Ciara Mageean, skipping the Championships to concentrate on August’s World Championships in London, it’s as strong an Irish team as could be asked for.

In a different format being introduced this year, the sprint events all have qualifiers on the Friday, with straight finals only being run off over the rest of the weekend. Previously, there had been two races per sprint event, all counting towards the final points.

The competing nations are Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, with the top three promoted to the Super League in 2019.

Full Irish team –

100m Eanna Madden Carrick on Shannon Hayley and Drew Harrison
200m Marcus Lawler St Laurence O Toole Patricia Lawler
400m Brian Gregan Clonliffe Harriers John Shields
800m Mark English UCD AC Steve Magness
1500m Paul Robinson St Coca’s AC Nic Bideau
3000m John Travers Donore Harriers AC Jerry Kiernan
5000m Mark Christie Mullingar Harriers Jerry Kiernan
3000m SC David Flynn Clonliffe Harriers Andrew Kaster
110mH  Ben Reynolds North Down AC Tom Reynolds
400mH  Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC Hayley/Drew Harrison
High Jump  Ryan Carthy Walsh Adamstown AC Brid Golden & Nicky Cowman
Long Jump  Adam McMullen Crusaders AC Alan Kennedy
Triple Jump  Denis Finnegan Riocht AC
Pole Vault  Sean Roth DSD AC Christine Adams
Shot Putt  Sean Breathnach Galway City Harrs
Discus  Colin Quirke Crusaders AC
Hammer Dempsey McGuigan Finn Valley AC
Javelin  Stephen Rice Clonliffe Harriers
4 x 100m Relay Marcus Lawler St Laurence O’Toole Patrica Lawler
4 x 100m Relay Eanna Madden Carrick on Shannon Hayley/Drew Harrison
4 x 100m Relay Mark Smyth Raheny Shamrock Kay Bannon
4 x 100m Relay Christian Robinson QUB AC
4 x 100m Relay Stephen Gaffney Rathfarnham WSAF AC Ciaran McDonagh
4 x 400m Relay Brian Gregan Clonliffe Harriers AC John Shields
4 x 400m Relay Mark English UCD AC Steve Magness
4 x 400m Relay Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC Hayley and Drew Harrison
4 x 400m Relay Chris O’Donnell North Sligo AC Roddy Gaynor
4 x 400m Relay Luke Lennon Ford Clonliffe Harriers AC
4 x 400m Relay Andrew Mellon Crusaders AC Brendan McConville
100m Amy Foster City Of Lisburn AC David Reid
200m Phil Healy Bandon AC Shane McCormack
400m Sinead Denny DSD AC Paul Opperman
800m Claire Mooney Naas AC
1500m Emma Mitchell QUB AC Eamonn Christie
3000m Shona Heaslip An Riocht Niamh O’Sullivan
5000m Ann Marie McGlynn Letterkenny AC Colin Roberts
3k SC Kerry O’Flaherty Newcastle & District AC Richard Rodgers
110mH  Sarah Lavin UCD AC Noelle Morrissey
400mH  Christine McMahon Ballymena & Antrim AC Ian Neely
High Jump  Sommer Lecky Finn Valley AC Niall Wilkinson
Long Jump  Sarah McCarthy Mid-Sutton AC Sandra Daly
Triple Jump  Saragh Buggy St. Abbans AC Michael Kelly
Pole Vault  Sarah McKeever DSD AC
Shot Putt  Niamh Fogarty North Westmeath AC Peter Collins
Discus  Clare Fitzgerald Tralee Harriers AC Sean Whitney
Hammer Cara Kennedy Ferrybank AC
Javelin  Grace Casey Eire Og Corra Choill AC
4 x 100m Relay Amy Foster City Of Lisburn AC David Reid
4 x 100m Relay Ciara Neville Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
4 x 100m Relay Gina Akpe Moses Birchfield Andy Paul
4 x 100m Relay Sharlene Mawdsley Newport Hayley and Drew Harrison
4 x 100m Relay Niamh Whelan Ferrybank AC Hayley and Drew Harrison
4 x 100m Relay Sarah Lavin UCD AC Noelle Morrissey
4 x 400m Relay Sinead Denny DSD AC Paul Opperman
4 x 400m Relay Phil Healy Bandon AC Shane McCormack
4 x 400m Relay Sharlene Mawdsley Newport Hayley and Drew Harrison
4 x 400m Relay Jenna Bromell Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
4 x 400m Relay Grainne Moynihan West Muskerry AC Ger Moynihan/John Cleary

Cork City Sports to be broadcast live on TG4

Cork City Sports will return to live television next month, when the legendary athletics meeting is broadcast live on TG4, to commence a multi-year deal.

For the event’s 66th running, July 18th this year will mark the first time in twelve years that the Cork City Sports will have aired on live television.

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. TG4’s athletics coverage resumed earlier this year with highlights of the AIT Indoor Grand Prix from Athlone.

European Championship bronze-medallist and World Championship qualifier Ciara Mageean will compete in the 800 metres against a strong international field from the United States, Jamaica, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.

Also among the confirmed Irish names competing 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 medallist Sarah Lavin; plus Irish international athletes Timmy Crowe, long-jumper Adam McMullen and Craig Lynch.

Healy, Lavin, McMullen and Travers are all in the strong Irish squad named for the European Athletics Team Championships in Vaasa, Finland, in the run-up to the Cork City Sports.

Further Irish entrants will be announced closer to the meeting.


Top names competing from abroad are Olympic 400m hurdles bronze-medallist and twice World Championship silver-medallist Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, Pan-Am 100m champion D’Angelo Cherry of the United States, 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 and reigning 5000m champion Sam McEntee.

Top British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is also slated to compete.

Among the American entrants are 2015 Cork City Sports mile winner Will Geoghegan and IAAF World Relays champion Kyle Merber.

Germany’s European Championship fourth-placer Katrin Klaas competes in the hammer, with the high jump featuring Jamaican Olympian Jamal Wilson.

Many storied names of Cork athletics will be present on the night  including world champions Sonia O’Sullivan, Marcus O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke.

Cork City Sports chairman Tony O’Connell said: “This is a big boost for the Cork City Sports in its 66th year. We feel that live television coverage both home and abroad is vital to bring our great meeting to the next level.”

Meet director Joe Hartnett stated: “Going back to the days of Steve Ovett and Yuri Sedykh in the 80s, and Sonia O’Sullivan in the 90s and 00s, the Cork City Sports has always been a highlight of the Cork sporting summer and the Irish athletics summer. Now we hope to find a whole new audience. By becoming higher-profile, we hope to attract many more quality names to Cork City.”

Donal Murnane, Cork City Sports PRO commented: “We are thrilled to be going live on TG4. The channel’s sports coverage is very highly-regarded and we look forward to the Cork City Sports becoming a staple of their live output.”

TG4 head of sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: “TG4 are delighted to commit to this coverage of the Cork City Sports. As a supporter of all sports we believe it is paramount for headline athletics event to be available free-to-air. Athletics has provided some major good news stories for Irish sport down through the years, and in recent years via the medal exploits of Thomas Barr, Ciara Mageean, Mark English, Fionnuala McCormack and Rob Heffernan, and we hope to see more of them in future on TG4.”

TG4’s broadcast will run from 7:20pm to 9pm on Tuesday, July 18th, with commentary from Con Murphy and Dick Hooper, with Mark Rodden reporting.

Coverage will also be available online worldwide via the TG4 Player.