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)

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

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 breakingnews.ie and Irish Examiner.

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 breakingnews.ie 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