Gillick and Hession Set the Standard
on Day 1 of British AAA's
12 February 2005
David Gillick and Paul Hession were
the star Irish performers on Day 1 of the AAA Indoor Championships
in Sheffield on Saturday with sparkling performances in the 400m and
Hession won the 200m final in 21.01
secs, equalling the fastest time of his career. The Athenry medical
student, who missed out on a place at the Athens Olympics last
Summer by 2/100ths of a second, beat the European U23 and World
University Games Champion Chris Lambert of England, with Paul
Brizzel winning bronze in 21.28.
David Gillick became the fastest 400m
runner in Europe for 2005, taking another huge chunk off his
lifetime best to win his way to the final in 46.43 seconds. The
country’s strength in depth over the distance was again in evidence
with no less than four Irishmen qualifying for the semi-finals led
by the prodigiously Gillick. His performance also makes him the
third fastest Irishman of all time over 400m indoors.
There was less success however, for
reigning champion Rob Daly, who along with Gordon Kennedy (Tullamore)
and Brian Murphy (UCC) was eliminated at the semi-final stage.
Ciara Sheehy booked her place for the
European Indoors in Madrid next month when she took bronze in the
200m in 23.76 the same position as Athens Olympian Maria McCambridge
in the 3000m final.
Olympic 1,500m semi-finalist James
Nolan led through the opening half of the 800m before narrowly
missing qualification for the final in a blanket finish by .11 of a
Aoife Byrne is quickly making a name
for herself as Sonia O’Sullivan's heir apparent in the middle
distances when she led from gun to tape in the 800m, cruising
over the line in 2:08.39 to comfortably qualify for today’s final.
Rose-Anne Galligan, Newbridge AC, who
turned 17 on 9th December, set a new national junior indoor record
of 9:28.67 for the 3000 metres in her very first attempt at the distance.
Galligan broke the 17-year-old record of 9:32.0 held by Providence
College graduate Anita Philpott
(North Cork AC) set on 6th February 1988 in Rhode Island, USA.
Galligan topped the junior U20 800m ranking list last season with
2:08.72 and is now the first Irish junior to get the qualifying time
of 9:43.00 for the 3000m European juniors in Kaunas, Lithuania in
Limerick's Taneisha Robinson improved
her own national record for the triple jump with an impressive
winning leap of 13.28m and is now only 22cm short of the Madrid
qualification standard which would see her become the first Irish
triple jumper to compete in a major championship since the 1928