Rio-bound Sara Treacy runs 2:06.84 PB for 800m. Plus round-up

Sara Treacy

Sara Treacy

Sara Treacy, who will run the steeplechase for Ireland in the Rio Olympics, showed impressive form when she won both the 800m and 1500m at the UK Women’s League Div 1 match in Swansea. Treacy’s huge personal best of 2.06.84 for the 800m beat the Treacy family record; mother Siobhan ran 2:07 for the 800m thirty-five years ago. In the 1500m, Treacy, who was running in Birchfield Harriers colours, clocked a time of 4.22.8.

At the Diamond League Grand Prix in Birmingham, Deirdre Byrne of Sli Cualann finished 11th in the 5000m in a time of 15 mins 58.65 secs – off  her season’s best of 15:39.45; Sara Treacy was pacemaker for the first 1.5km.

WINNERS of the SSE Airtricity Derry Marathon were Eric Koech from Kenya and Tullamore’s ageless Pauline Curley. Koech’s time of 2 hrs 23 mins 47 secs put him marginally ahead of fellow Kenyan Dan Tanui. Curley finished fifth overall in 2:47.23.

SINEAD DENNY OF DSD improved her personal best to 53.26 secs when winning the A 400m at Saturday’s Buyle meet in Oortegem, Belgium. Bandon’s Phil Healy clocked a time of 53.58 secs for victory in the B race, with Ciara McCallion of Clonliffe fourth in 54.83 secs. Winning the B 100m in 11.99 secs was Sarah Murray. Craig Lynch of Shercock won the men’s C 400m in 47.07 secs; the fastest Irish time over that distance so far this season. Jonathan Browning of Ballymena and Antrim won the A 100m in 10.80 secs; he also ran 10.78 secs in a warm-up race. In the 100m hurdles, Sarah Lavin of UCD ran in two races with 13.81 secs her fastest time. Paul Robinson of St Coca’s ran a time of 1:50.95 in the 800m, while Kelly Neely of City of Lisburn clocked 4:15.15 in the women’s 1500m.

MARCUS LAWLER  of St Laurence O’Toole’s consolidated his position at the top of the current 200m rankings  when he clocked 20.74 secs for second place in a 200m race in Salamanca, Spain.

IN THE USA, Dunleer’s Tomas Cotter ran a massive PB of 3:41.66 for the 1500m. A few weeks ago, Cotter ran a time of 8:37.12 for the steeplechase – the fastest Irish time since 1985 and the sixth fastest Irish time ever. On Friday, David Flynn of Clonliffe ran 8:51.25  for the steeplechase.

IN PRAGUE on Monday, Eoin Everard of Kilkenny ran a season’s best of 3:40.95 for the 1500m – agonisingly close to the 3:40.50 h needs if he’s to make the team for Amsterdam. Rose Anne Galligan, who has already run inside the 2:02.90 qualification mark for the Europeans, clocked a time of 2:03.24 for the 800m.

HIGHLIGHTS  of the Leinster Championships held in Tullamore were 100m victories for Joseph Ojewumi of Tallaght  in 10.79 secs and Mid-Sutton’s Sarah McCarthy in 11.94. Sarah Buggy’s 12.89m in the triple jump was a meet record,  as was Anita White’s 49.18m in the javelin. Tralee’s Claire Fitzgerald competing as a guest threw 53.65m in the discus. A large entry from masters produced a number of meet record in various age groups.  Deirdre O’Reilly of St Coca’s improved the W55 400m record to 71.84 secs; Aine Gilshinan of Menapians  set a new W50 best of 5:02.33 for the 1500m. In the M60 hammer, Paddy Hanily of Fr Murphy’s threw 43.49m, while DSD triple jumper George Wyatt had a best of 12.06m  in the M45 age group.


SSE Airtricity Derry Marathon (1,198 finishers; full results

1 Eric Koech 2:23.47, 2 Dan Tanui (Project Africa) 2:23.50, 3 Ciaran McGonagle (Rosses, M35) 2:41.24, 4 Niall Farquharson (M35) 2:46.01, 5 Paulien Curley (Tullamore Hrs, W45) 2:47.23. Women: 2 Hannah Oldroyd (Saltire Striders) 2:56.19, 3 Clare McGuigan (Lifford-Strabane) 3:07.16.

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