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Friday 9 December 2016

Athletics: Irish get to strut their stuff in the Bahamas

Thomas Barr
Thomas Barr

Irish relay squads will target world top 16 places and a place at the World Championships after a useful exercise at the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

The 4 x 400m men's quartet of Craig Lynch, Thomas Barr, Brian Murphy and Richard Morrissey finished sixth in the heats in 3:07.11 and, with improved fitness and the addition of Mark English to the squad, aim to get closer to three minutes over the next few months.

In the women's 4 x100, Amy Foster, Steph Creaner, Catherine McManus and Phil Healy finished fifth in the opening heats in 45.23 secs. With Sarah Lavin running for McManus, the Irish women had set a new Irish record of  1:36.90 for the 4 x 200m a day earlier.

In California, Paul Pollock was a disappointed man after finishing 15th in the 10,000m in 29:15.51 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford; winner was Britain's Andy Vernon in 27:42.62.

There was better news at the British University Games in Bedford, where Jayme Rossiter of Clonliffe Harriers broke the nine-minute barrier for the first time when finishing third in the steeplechase in 8:59.52.

Kevin Mulcaire from Ennis TC ran 14 mins 8.85 secs for 5000m at the IMC Meet held in Greystones. That's not too far off John Treacy's Irish junior record of 14 mins 4.6 secs set in June 1975 - almost 40 years ago.

Brandon Hargreaves of DSD clocked 14:09.52 for second place with Tomás Fitzpatrick of Tallaght third in 14:14.56.

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