Paul Hession Blazes to 20.61 Just
Misses Olympic A Standard
20 July 2004
Paul Hession put together one of
the greatest ever Irish sprinting performances in Thessaloniki on
Monday night to knock 2/10th's of a second off his personal best and
take victory at the IAAF GPII meeting over a top class field. His
winning time of 20.61 was just .02 outside the Olympic A standard, a
mere .07 outside the National Record, destroyed his own Under 23
National Record, and moved him ahead of Gary Ryan to number two on
the all-time Irish 200m list.
Among the scalps he took in the race
were Marlon Devonish (2003 World Indoor Champion), Marcin Urbas
(sub-20 second man) and Julian Golding (1998 Commonwealth Games
Champion). Gary Ryan himself finished 5th in the race with 21.00 as
he suffered from a quad problem in the home straight.
Karen Shinkins was just outside her
best of the season and inside the Olympic B standard again as she
finished second in the 400m with a time of 52.17. Freda Davoren ran
a season's best 4:09.07 to finish second in the women's 1500m, while
Sinead Evans (nee Delahunty) also clocked her best for 2004 with
4:11.22 in 8th place.
Rob Daly and David McCarthy were
3rd and 4th in the men's 400m, with times of 46.23 and 46.41.
McCarthy's time was a season's best by over half a second and moves
him to number two on the 2004 Irish rankings ahead of this coming
weekend's National Championships. Gareth Turnbull was 8th in the
1500m with 3:40.41 while Olympic-bound Alistair Cragg did not finish
in the same race.