PAUL HESSION will defend his Cork City Sports 200m title at the CIT on Saturday but is unlikely to double up at 100m.
Last year Brendan Christian (Antigua and Barbuda) pipped the Athenry man in the 100m but hopes of a quick revenge were dashed when he pulled out of the 200m which was won handsomely by Hession.
On Saturday Kim Collins (St. Kitts and Nevis) will add an extra dimension to the sprints. He made headlines with a surprise win in the 100m at the world championships in Paris. He underscored that when he won a world indoor title and, since then, has made two Olympic finals. In Beijing he made the final of the 200m and now Cork City Sports meet organiser, Dick Hodgins, is hoping that he will choose the 200m in Cork and that Brendan Christian will be in the line-up as well.
“Last year Brendan Christian pulled out of the 200m after winning the 100m but I have been in touch with his agent to ask him to compete in the 200m this year,” he said.
If Collins and Christian line up alongside Paul Hession then fans could witness the best 200m sprint ever seen in Ireland.
Adrian Griffith (Bahamas) and Jared Connaughton (Canada) are among the sprinters confirmed for Cork while Darragh Graham, Chris Russell from Waterford, Stephen Colvert and Jonathan Holmes will represent the Irish challenge.
Joanne Cuddihy’s coach, Nick Dakin, has confirmed that she will be in the line-up for the women’s 400m – a race which she won on her last visit to Cork City Sports.
After a very successful season Down Under, the Kilkenny woman is back on the European circuit but unfortunately had to miss the European Team Championships with an injury sustained when she turned on her ankle while walking along the street.
Marian Andrews (Togher AC), a member of the relay team, took her position and won her race in Budapest and will be in the line-up in Cork along with Clora Williams (Jamaica), Monica Hargrove who was runner-up in the American championships last weekend, another American, Masumi Robinson, and England’s up and coming 400m runner, Nadine Okyere (Birchfield) who was third in the UK championships last weekend.
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