Kyle Langford broke the British indoor 600m best at the AIT International Grand Prix in Athlone last night. The 21-year-old European junior gold medal winner clocked 1:16.10 to better Dai Greene’s 1:16.22 from 2013. USA’s Erik Sowinski with 1:16.15 and Poland’s Artur Kuciapski’s 1:16.77 were second and third, with Niall Tuohy 4th in 1:18.35. Mark English of UCD had been scheduled to run but is out of action at the moment with a stress fracture.
Winning the women’s was 60m hurdles was USA’s Christina Manning in an Irish all-comers record of the 7.82 secs. Sharika Nelvis was second in 7.92, with 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson third in the same time. Catherine McManus of DCH finished 8th with 8.55 secs; McManus also ran in the 60m heats clocking 7.63 secs.
Romania’s Claudia Bobocea won the women’s 1500m in 4:08.19; UCD’s Ciara Mageean briefly led the race but ended up fifth with a time of 4:12 46. Kerry O’Flaherty of Newcastle was 7th in 4:14.63 and Emma Mitchell of Queen’s 9th with 4:15.32; both times are inside the European Indoors qualifying mark of 4 mins 16 secs.
In the mile, Ryan Gregson from Australia ran 3:56.49; in second place, Johan Rogestedt’s time of 3:58.11 was a Swedish national record. Donore’s John Travers was 5th in 4:02.54 and Paul Robinson of St Coca’s 6th in 4:02.77. It was an encouraging run for Robinson who has had a two-year battle with injury. Kilkenny’s Eoin Everard finished in 4:02.83 and Raheny’s Kieran Kelly in 4:03.15.
USA’s Lekeisha Lawson clocked 7.20 secs for victory in the women’s 60m, with Bandon’s Phil Healy 3rd in 7.31 secs having run 7.34 secs in the heats; the European Indoors qualifying time is 7.42 secs. Cliodhna Manning of KCH finished 5th with 7.64 sec. Ghana’s Sean Safo-Antwi won the men’s 60m in 6.56, with Chris Sibanda of Clonliffe running 6.85 secs in the heats; not enough to make the final.
Jamal Wilson of the Bahamas won the men’s high jump with 2.23; Ryan Carthy Walsh of Adamstown AC was 5th with 2.05m.