Gregan, Tarplee and McGovern in Top Form

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

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Brian McGovern (Ballinamore AC) completed his preparations for the European Athletics Team championships in the best possible fashion when he won the pole vault at the USATF East Region championships in New York yesterday. His winning jump of 5.30m is just 6cm off his own Irish record.

He entered the competition with the bar at 4.95m which he cleared at the first attempt. It was another first time clearance at 5.10m, but it took three attempts to clear 5.20m before clearing 5.30m at the first attempt. He then had three unsuccessful attempts at 5.40m which were not too far off the mark.

USATF East Region Open Track & Field Championship Icahn Stadium NY
Men Pole Vault
1 348 McGovern, Brian Unattached 5.30m
4.80 - 4.95 - 5.10 - 5.20 - 5.30 - 5.40
P - O - O - XXO - O - XXX
2 153 Van Leeuwen, Craig Garden State 5.10m

Irish international athlete Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) maintained his winning ways on the track so far this season when the big Tallaght man won again over 400m this afternoon in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In challenging windy conditions in the charming Swedish city, Gregan, 25, pushed out hard from the gun to 300m and developed a comfortable 3 metre lead going into the home straight. Driving on through the final 100m and the line, the Clonliffe Harrier athlete stopped the clock in a time of 45.65, his 3rd fastest time ever for the competitive one-lap contest, and nearly six-tenths ahead of the second place athlete, Denmark’s Ekelund-Arenander who clocked a respectable 46.26, a season’s best.

Gregan: “Considering the wind here today, that was my best run so far this season.”

Coach John Shields: “Brian is very pleased with his performance today, another win in a good time, but in done so in more difficult conditions with the strong wind. With more competition and better conditions, he will definitely improve his on his PB again soon. Now it’s back to Dublin to get ready to compete well for Ireland at the European Team Champs next weekend.”

Gregan only set a new PB time for the 400m event of 45.53 three nights ago, in Huelva, Spain, and that performance too arrived hot on the heels of his 200 PB of 21.05 set on Sunday last in Dublin at the Woodie’s DIY AAI Games in Santry.

The Irish International’s consistent run of excellent form will only further drive the already growing momentum for a strong Irish performance at the upcoming European Athletics Team Championships in Santry, June 22/23rd.

Ireland’s Claire Tarplee (Dundrum South Dublin AC), 24, was also action in the women’s 1500m event today in Sweden, and ran very well to stay in contention on the last lap to finish in 3rd place in a new PB time of 4.11.35, less than two seconds off the winning time, and an almost two second improvement on her previous best of 4.13.16, set indoors in Stockholm in February this year.

Tarplee, coached by George Gandy who worked with Seb Coe in the late ’70’s, and who will be Ireland’s 1500m representative for the European Team’s Championships next weekend, will be delighted with her performance this afternoon, and will know full well that the world championship B standard of 4.09.0 will be within her striking distance as the season progresses over the weeks ahead.

Kerry’s Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) was also in action in the same 1500m, fresh from her PB of 2.02.69 set over 800m in Olso Thursday night.

In the tactical race early on, Crowe (25) had difficulty staying with the sharp change of pace over the final 500m and finished 7th in a time of 4.16.64, behind the winner Meraf Bahta of Eritrea, who took the race in 4.09.60.

Crowe will be disappointed with her performance today as she has been in good form all year, and was a runaway winner of the 1,500m at the British Milers Club meeting in Manchester last month. Her winning time of 4:12.25 was the fastest by an Irish woman so far this season and improved on her 4:16.48 PB she set in Athlone in February 2013.

Crowe’s time of 2.02.69 from Oslo though on Thursday night though will stand to the ambitious athlete from Kerry over the 1500m distance and improve her chances of getting closer to the World Championship’s B standard time of 4.09.0 later in the season, which is only just over three seconds away from her current PB.

Crowe will be competing for Ireland in the women’s 3000m event at the forthcoming European Athletics Team Championships in 7 days time, where her recent PB’s over 800m and 1500m will certainly give her grounds for confidence on in the competitive longer event.

Men’s 400m Race Result:

1 Brian Gregan 89 IRL 45.65
2 Nick Ekelund-Arenander 89 DEN 46.26 SB
3 Jamie Bowie 89 GBR 46.83 SB
4 Mathieu Lahaye 83 FRA 46.84
5 Ruan Greyling 93 RSA 47.72
6 Axel Bergrahm 92 Spårvägens FK 47.85
7 Dennis Forsman 95 Ullevi FK 48.18
8 Felix Francois 90 Örgryte IS 48.30

Women’s 1500m A Race Result:
1 Meraf Bahta Hälle IF 4:09.60 PB
2 Axumawit Embaye ETH 4:09.65 PB
3 Claire Tarplee IRL 4:11.35 PB
4 Lotta Fougberg Ullevi FK 4:13.75 PB
5 Charlotte Schönbeck IFK Lidingö 4:13.90 SB
6 Luula Berhane ERI 4:16.42
7 Laura Crowe IRL 4:16.64
8 Linn Nilsson Hälle IF 4:19.40
9 Lovisa Lindh Ullevi FK 4:21.56 SB
10 Kajsa Barr Sundbybergs IK 4:21.78

The challenge to the Irish Team to keep it’s 1st League status will be one that all of the fifty strong Irish Athletics Team, together with support staff, will relish, in what will no doubt be the highest quality athletics meeting ever staged in Ireland.

The Morton Stadium is expected to be full with Irish supporters for the two days of competition to give real support to the Irish Team in their endeavours to finish in the top 10 European teams over the weekends some 40 events.

The Irish Team for the European Athletics Team Championships will be competing against teams from eleven other European countries in Santry in just over 7 days time. These teams are:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

Dublin has hosted this prestigious event on five previous occasions, the last being in 1997.

Over 650 athletes, from twelve European Countries, will be competing in twenty events for Men and Women over the two days in Santry, and the excitement and anticipation is building daily.

The two days of Competition will be shown LIVE on Setanta Sports.
Only 7 DAYS To Go to the European Athletics Team Championships 1st League - Santry, Dublin.

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