Tobin and Farrell notch Euro youth Olympic slots

SOME of Ireland top young talents secured qualification for international events at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Games at windswept Santry yesterday.

Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) achieved the European Youth and World Youth qualification standards when he won the 3,000m B final in 8:33.51.

Another to impress was Daire Farrell (Carrick on Shannon AC) who won the B men’s 800m in 1:54.62, good enough to secure his passage to the European Youth Olympics.

Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) had two personal bests in winning the 400m flat in 47.78 and the 400m hurdles in 52.24 — just outside the standard for the European U23 Track & Field Championships.

There were sprint doubles by Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) and Claire Bergin, (DSD), in the 100 and 200m finals, respectively. Colvert won the 100m in 10.99 into a strong headwind and took the 200m in 21.74. Bergin ran 12.24 for 100m and then clocked 25.36 in the 200m.

Rory Chesser (Ennis Track Club) won the 3,000m in a personal best of 8:05.95; Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) delivered a season’s best when winning the 800m in 1:50.28 while John Coghlan (Metro St Brigid’s AC) impressed in claiming the 1500m title in 3:48.14.

Meanwhile Clare native Keith White led home the marathon at yesterday’s Run Kildare promotion in the Curragh. White finished in 2:40.39 ahead of Peter Mooney, 2:41.17 and Mariusz Olejniczak, 2:50.06. Mary Hanley won the women’s race in 3:15:06 from Maureen Dempsey, 3:28.50 and Ruthann Sheahan, 3:29.18.

Gary O’Hanlon from Clonliffe Harriers won the half marathon in 1:10.35 with Olivia Sheerin leading home the women’s field in 1:28.14.

Meanwhile, Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers led the field home in the annual Dublin 5 Mile Classic in Walkinstown organised by Sportsworld AC while Mary Cullen of North Sligo AC finished in fifth overall in 26:14 to win the women’s title. Elsewhere, Martin Fagan of Mullingar Harriers finished sixth in the BUPA Great Manchester 10k in 28:39- an event won by Ethiopian legend, Haile Gebrsellassie in 28:10.

Other Irish finishers included Andrew Ledwith, (Fr Murphy A.C), 29:02, Mark Kenneally, (Clonliffe Harriers), 14th in 29:34 and Gary Thornton (GCH), 15th in 29:36.


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