Athletics: World Championship slots up for grabs
Places on the Irish team for the World Championships in Beijing later this month are at stake when the Glo Health National Track and Field Championships take place in Santry this weekend.
Already qualified for Beijing are Thomas Barr in the 400m hurdles, Mark English 800m, race walkers Rob Heffernan, Brendan Boyce and Alex Wright and steeplechasers Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn. O’Flaherty will run in the 1500m and Finn in the 5000m at the weekend.
The good news for Ireland is that under the quota system, four more individual athletes as well as the men’s 4x400m squad are still in with a chance of travelling to Beijing.
In the women’s steeplechase for instance, Dunboyne’s Sara Treacy, who was just .14 hundredths of a second outside the qualifying mark, could make the cut. She’s ranked 42nd in the world and the top 45 will make it.
Also ranked 42nd with a quota of 45 is Ciara Mageean of UCD in the 1500m, while Ciara Everard, also UCD, is ranked 44th with a quota of 48.
Kelly Proper of Ferrybank is another in line for an invitation – she’s ranked 51st in the world for the 200m, with a quota of 56.
Also in with a chance is 110m hurdler Ben Reynolds, who ran a personal best 13.48 secs – 1/100th of a second off the Beijing qualifying time – at the English Championships last weekend.
Then there’s the 4x400m squad, ranked 13th in the world with 16 teams scheduled to compete in Beijing. All will be revealed on Monday.