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Monday 5 December 2016

Thomas will raise the Barr against Greene

A 400m hurdles featuring former world champion Dai Greene from Wales and Ireland's Thomas Barr will give a rousing start to Friday's Morton Games at Santry (7.0).

A strong British contingent, led by Andy Vernon, runs in the Albie Thomas Memorial 3000m. The form man is the American Will Geoghegan, winner of the mile at the Cork City Sports. Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Richard Morrissey, Craig Lynch and Brian Murphy - all members of the Irish 4 x 400m squad - line out in the men's 400m. The 'Boys in Green' take on an entry led by Birchfield's Jarryd Dunn, who has run 45.09 secs this season.

In the women's 800m, New Zealand's Angela Perry, fresh from her sub-two minute time at the World Student Games in Korea will race a field that includes Ciara Everard of UCD and Riocht's Laura Crowe.

Race of the night could prove to be the women's mile, where all eyes will be on UCD's Ciara Mageean after her eye-catching 4:08.32 for 1500m at Heusden last weekend.

In 2011, Mageean ran a time of 4:38.81 indoors for the distance. Also entered are the Australian Gen LaCaze who ran her mile PB of 4.32.19 in the 2012 Morton Games and Aisha Praught,of Jamaica who ran a time of 4:27.60 in last year's women's mile. Steeplechasers Kerry O'Flaherty and Sara Treacy as well as Mary Cullen are also pencilled in.

Feature race of the night is the Morton Mile, where Tom Cotter of Dunleer is aiming to become the 41st Irish athlete to break the four minute barrier for the classic distance.

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