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)

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

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.

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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.

Cork City Sports goes live tonight

The Cork City Sports is to be aired on television in Ireland and abroad again this year, in addition to a live stream.

Irish TV and Setanta Ireland will screen highlights of the June 28th event, which will also be streamed live online on YouTube and also on the Cork City Sports website Tuesday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (1700-2000 GMT)

In addition, coverage will also be broadcast in the UK on Premier Sports, across 25 countries in Africa via Fox Sports, and in the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus on their Fox Sports channels.
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The 65th running of the event, taking place at CIT Stadium, features new Irish 100m champion Jason Smyth and 1500m champion John Travers, 2013 world champion Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright, Phil Healy, Laura Crowe, Karl Griffin and Eoin Everard.

There will also be a special presentation to Cork’s three medallist from the recent IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, in para-athletics – Orla Barry, Noelle Lenihan and Niamh McCarthy.

Setanta have been airing the Cork City Sports since 2006, with the event appearing on the free-to-air satellite channel Irish TV for the first time last year.

Coverage will be presented by Tulsen Tollett, with commentary from Will Downing and Dick Hooper.

The live link is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO5h370iAWw

Irish TV is available in the UK and Ireland on Sky 191 and Freesat 400, plus 191 on eirVision and online at irishtv.ie

Setanta Ireland is on Sky 423 and UPC 105 & 400.

Also being covered later in the summer are the Morton Games from Santry and cycling’s Junior Tour of Ireland.