Irish Olympic Athletes weekend review

We have now reached 40 athletes have made qualification standards or have qualified a place for Team Ireland.

Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) achieved the Olympic A standard, clocking a time of 31:29.22 for the 10,000m at the 2012 Payton Jordon Cardinal Invitational on Sunday, 29th of April. Britton ran strongly throughout the race and battled all the way to the line to claim third place, just ahead of Julie Bleasdale (31:29.57) of Great Britain. The time put Britton comfortably inside the A standard for London (31:45), in what was a remarkable display of long distance running. This superb performance places Britton fourth on the Irish all time list behind Irish greats Sonia O’Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan. Fionnuala had already achieved the A standard for the 3,000m steeplechase.

Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers AC) competed in the men’s 5,000m and recorded a time of 13:37.32. Christie’s time was once again inside the qualification standard for the European Track and Field Championships in Helsinki. Brendan O’Neill (Dundrum South Dublin AC) also competed, clocking a personal best of 13:41.06. Orla Drumm (Doneen AC) ran impressively in the 1,500m, claiming sixth position in a time of 4.13.27. Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) competed in the men’s 1,500 (3:42.92) which was good enough for seventh position.

Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) and Paul Hession (Athenry AC) were in action at the Steve Scott Invitational in San Diego. Colvert’s was the second fastest Irish U23 100m time ( 10.45) , just behind Para-Olympian Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) whose record stands at 10.42.

Olympian Paul Hession got his 2012 campaign underway clocking 10.59 to finish in seventh place. Both athletes competed in the 200m, Colvert placed second in a time of 20.89 and Hession clocked 21.07 to place third.
Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) was another Irish athlete in record breaking form over the weekend. Dempsey competed in a hammer competition in Eton threw the 6k implement a massive 70.02m to break his own Irish record. The record is also over the standard (69.95m) for the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, which takes place in July.


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