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Gregan sets new record

TALLAGHT'S Brian Gregan set down an early marker for the European Indoor Championships with a storming performance in the 400 metres at yesterday's AAI Games, the first official competition at Athlone Institute of Technology's state-of-the-art indoor track.

The Clonliffe star came home to win in 46.08 seconds, which smashed his previous 46.66 personal best. It wasn't just the fastest indoor 400m ever run in Ireland but the fastest time in Europe this year by almost half a second and also one of the fastest in the world so far.

Matthew McLaughlin notched up the other standout performance by breaking Britain's 26-year-old junior 1,500m indoor record. His time of 3:42.87 also knocked over five seconds off his own outdoor best, and Letterkenny's Darren McBrearty also knocked a chunk off his own indoor PB when third in 3:45.38.

Kelly Proper (Ferrybank AC) did a double, winning the 60m in 7:55 ahead of clubmate Niamh Whelan (7:57) and the long jump in 6:04m. Whelan won the 200m in 24:43.

Robert Heffernan just missed breaking his own Irish record (11:10.02) when winning the 3,000m walk in 11:13.92.