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ALISTAIR CRAGG OPTS FOR CORK 1500M Olympic bound Alistair Cragg has opted to race over 1500m at next week’s Cork City Sports. The former European Indoor champion joins a talented field that includes Americans, Rob Myers, Chris Solinsky, John Jefferson, Australian champion, Mitch Kealey and the fast Adrian Blincoe (New Zealand). Cragg will be joined by leading home runners, James Nolan, Ciaran O’Lionard, Colm Rooney, Kevin Moriarty who will be seeking fast times in a race that has been won in the past by such legends as Steve Ovett, Eamon Coghlan, Nourredine Morceli, Marcus O’Sullivan, Steve Scott.

Quality athletes from Kenya and India are also in the line-up

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Australia’s Scott Martin, current Commonwealth champion, heads a strong field of international throwers at this year’s Cork City Sports at the Mardyke venue on July 12. Martin opened his European campaign with an impressive victory in Lille last weekend over Poland’s Tomasz Majewski who broke the Cork meeting record when winning the shot in 2006, a record which world champion, Reese Hoffa, obliterated last year with a mighty putt of 21.47m.

Martin will be challenged by leading Americans, Garrett Johnson, Steve Manz, Noah Bryant, Maris Urtans (Latvia), Christopher Gotz (Germany), Rimantas Martisauskas (Lithuania). Irish champion Sean Breathnach from Galway will provide the principal Irish challenge in the shot event.