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Big names for Le Chéile International

THOMAS BARR leads a strong international entry for Saturday's second Le Chéile International track and field meet in Leixlip (2.30).

In the 400m hurdles, Barr is favourite to beat a line-up that includes Britain's Sebastien Rodger, who has a best of 49.19 secs, and Ireland's Jason Harvey.

Barr's sister, Jessie, who is making a comeback this season after a long period battling injury, is an intriguing entry in the women's 400m hurdles.

Barr has a best of 55.93 secs, which makes her second only to Susan Smith on the all-time Irish list. However that time dates back to 2012.

Last year, Ballymena's Christine McMahon took over as the country's top female 400m hurdler when she ran 56.97 secs and qualified for the European Championships.

However, she has yet to run under 60 seconds this season and the Irish pair will both have to be at their best if they are to beat British visitor Shona Richards.

Donore's John Travers, who has run everything from 800m to 10,000m so far this season, will run a quality men's 1500m, lining up against Britain's Tom Lancashire. DSD's Kevin Batt is also entered.

Kerry O'Flaherty of Newcastle takes a break from steeplechasing to run the women's 1500m, along with UL's Amy O'Donoghue who ran a PB last weekend, and British pair Alison Leonard and Melissa Courtney

Over 800m, UCD's Karl Griffin and Niall Tuohy of Ferrybank lead the home charge.

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