Youth Record for Griffin, Olympic Standard for Britton

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

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On the day when Mark English smashed the Irish junior 800m record, another Donegal runner, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC), ‘relieved’ English of one of his Irish records. Competing in the Irish Milers Club meet in Greystones Griffin won the 800m in a time of 1:49.63, which is inside the 1:49.71 Irish Youths record of English set in 2010. The time is inside the B standard for the World junior championships. Second in the race was Shane Fitzsimons (Mullingar Harriers) in 1:50.29, who is another with the B standard. Dean Cronin (Blarney Inniscarra AC), who has also achieved the junior B standard, was fifth in Oordegem Belgium last night in a time of 1:49.93.

In Rabat Morocco Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) achieved her third Olympic standard when she finished sixth in the 5,000m in a time of 15:15.69, well inside her previous best of 15:21.45 achieved in a mixed race last year. She now has Olympic standards for 5,000m, 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase.

In Florida Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) ran the fastest time by an Irish woman over 100m this year when she finished fifth in a heat of the 100m at the Golden South Classic in a time of 11.50. The time is just one hundredth outside her best.

At the NCAA regionals in Florida David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) qualified for nationals in the 5,000m, while Charlotte Ffrench O’Carroll (Dundrum South Dublin AC) qualified for the 5,000m women’s race.
Cowboy head coach Brendon Gilroy said that Rooney, the outstanding athlete in the Southland Conference this past season, made a strong performance and held the lead for most of the race.

Meeting International Mohammed VI d’Athlétisme Rabat, MAR
5000 Metres
1 Mariem Alaoui Selsouli [MAR] MAR 14:45.91
2 Janeth Kisa [KEN] KEN 14:57.68
3 Priscah Jepleting Cherono [KEN] KEN 14:59.53
4 Afera Godfay [ETH] ETH 15:01.20
5 Azemra Gebru [ETH] ETH 15:11.91
6 Fionnuala Britton [IRL] IRL 15:15.69
7 Nadia Noujani [MAR] MAR 15:16.50
8 Rkia Moukim [MAR] MAR 15:21.8

1500 Metres
1 Halima Hachlaf [MAR] MAR 4:07.63
2 Rabab Arafi [MAR] MAR 4:08.68
3 Hilary Stellingwerff [CAN] CAN 4:09.01
4 Nancy Chepkwemoi [KEN] KEN 4:09.41
5 Betlhem Desalegn [UAE] UAE 4:09.47
6 Gudeto Feyne [ETH] ETH 4:10.90
7 Malindi Elmore [CAN] CAN 4:11.57
8 Ciara Mageean [IRL] IRL 4:13.10

Golden South Classic - Orlando, FL
Women 100 Meter Dash Elite Pro
Preliminaries
1 Oyepitan, Abiodun Adesol Great Brittan 11.21Q 1.2
2 Bailey, Aleen Jamaica 11.25Q 1.2
3 Neal, Tangela Unattached 11.35Q 1.2
4 Henry, Samantha Jamaica 11.37Q 1.2
5 Foster, Amy Ireland 11.50Q 1.2
6 Moore, Connie Unattached 11.63Q 1.2

Women 100 Meter Dash Elite Pro
Finals
1 Bailey, Aleen Jamaica 11.25 +0.0
2 Henry, Samantha Jamaica 11.37 +0.0
3 Sanders, Shayla SR Young Achiev 11.40 +0.0
4 Moore, Connie Unattached 11.47 +0.0
5 Foster, Amy Ireland 11.53 +0.0

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