Scott Gibson tops Owens’ best to rewrite the record books

The heavy rain that fell throughout the South Munster Schools T&F at the CIT didn’t pose a problem for Bandon athlete Scott Gibson as he erased one of the most impressive records from the books.

The Bandon Grammar School pupil clocked 49.45 in winning the senior 400m, improving the previous best of 49.92 which has stood to Cathal Owens since 2009.

It was also faster than the hand-timed 49.9 shared equally between Paul O’Regan and Ian Hamilton, the latter performance going all the way back to 1964.

“I felt good. The last one hundred is my hard part. Apart from the rain in my eyes, the conditions didn’t affect me as the wind wasn’t a problem,” said the 17-year-old who had earlier won the 100m in a hand-timed 10.5 which also equalled the previous best.

The European Junior standard is his main focus for the coming weeks, as he explained: “The ‘A’ time is 47.3 and the ‘B’ time is 48.2. My next opportunity to get it will be the Munster Schools in a week’s time or AAI Games the following day.”

In view of the weather conditions, the senior 5000m was reduced to 3000m and held in conjunction with the intermediate race.

This produced one on the best contests of the day as Fearghal Curtin (Midleton CBS, intermediate) held off senior David Fox (CBC) by just seven-tenths of a second, winning in a time of 9:07.1.

Darragh McElhinney of Coláiste Pobail, Bantry, who was unbeaten in schools competition during the cross-country season, was an easy winner of the junior 1500m in 4:31.16 and he will be another to watch when the GloHealth Munster Schools take place at the same venue in a week’s time.


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