The annual Cork City Sports International Athletics Meeting takes place at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Athletic Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork, on Monday, 16th July at 5.30pm and will feature a host of leading international athletes from around the world.
Top Irish athletes competing will include Thomas Barr, Phil Healy, Ciara Mageean, Paul Byrne and Seán Tobin.
Bandon AC’s Phil Healy will compete against former World Indoor Champion and last year’s defending champion Barbara Pierre in the Women’s 100m. Healy will also take on the Canadian record holder Crystal Emmanuel in the Women’s 200m. Emmanuel broke the 32 year old Canadian record at last year’s Cork City Sports and was a finalist in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
The Men’s 200m will see last year’s 100m and 200m champion, Seán McClean of the USA return to Bishopstown to defend his titles. He will compete against Canadian Bismark Boateng, Waterford’s Thomas Barr, and Americans Curtis Mitchell and Dedric Dukes.
Thomas Barr is preparing for the Men’s 400m hurdles event at the European Championships and will use the shorter distance at the Cork City Sports to sharpen his speed.
Last year Men’s Mile saw nine athletes go under the magic four minute barrier. This year five out of the top six in that race are back to try and claim the title. The field will also include Americans Johnny Gregorek and Will Geoghegan who featured throughout the US Indoor season.
Ireland’s Seán Tobin will be in the field after running a magnificent 3.57.00 in Cork last year to take third spot. There is a strong possibility that the winner of this year’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, Chris O’Hare, will also contest in this event. O’Hare also won last year’s London Diamond League and is one of Britain’s best middle distance athletes.
In 2017, Sweden’s Ida Storm threw a meeting record of 71.19m to claim the Women’s Hammer competition. This year her competition is likely to include German Kathrin Klaas, who was fourth at the London Olympics, and Sophie Hitchon, Britain’s number one and bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics. Storm’s fellow Swede Tracey Andersson, a 70m plus thrower, is also likely to compete.
The Men’s High Jump will feature the Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists, Australian Brandon Starc and Jamal Wilson of the Bahamas. They will not have it all their own way as there are also two very strong Malaysian jumpers in the field with personal bests of 2.30m.
Athletes have already confirmed for the 67th Cork City Sports from the following countries: Ireland, USA, Australia, Ethiopia, The Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Kenya, England, Poland, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany and Slovenia.