SPORTS NEWS RELEASE Eileen O’Keeffe pulls out of Brother Ireland Morton Memorial meeting tomorrow evening – Current world hammer champion, Betty Heidler, Polish Olympic champion, Kamila Skolimowska, and current world number two, Ivana Brkljacic of Croatia, lead field in strongest ever throwing event held in Ireland

– Athletes from 15 countries to compete in track and field programme

– FREE entry to Brother Ireland Morton Memorial Meeting which starts at 7 pm, Friday 25th July


Citing a knee injury, Eileen O’Keeffe has pulled out of the Brother Ireland Morton Memorial Meeting in Santry Stadium tomorrow evening. O’Keeffe told the Meeting Director, Garrett Coughlan, of her withdrawal in a phone call late last night.

O’Keeffe had been scheduled to compete in the strongest ever throwing event field assembled in Ireland which includes the current world champion, Betty Heidler of Germany, the former Olympic champion from Poland Kamila Skolimowska, current European Junior champion, Kathrina Safrankova of the Czech Republic and several others. O’Keeffe’s place in the field was filled last night by current world number two, Ivana Brkljacic of Croatia.

Thanks to the generous support of Brother Ireland and the Irish Sports Council, entry will be FREE to the Brother Ireland Morton Memorial Meeting which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the summer of world records on the old cinder track there. Over four weeks from the 9th of July to 7th August 1958 three world records were set in Santry over one, two and three miles.

The Morton Mile will be the major track event of the evening and will feature twelve men from six countries who have already broken the four minute barrier for the distance, including Ireland’s fastest miler of 2008 David Campbell and Mark Christie.

The full evening’s programme includes five 45 second men in the 400 metres and eight sub 10.3 men over 100 metres. Events on the programme include men’s 3 miles, 1 mile, 400 metres, 100 metres and pole vault. Women’s events are 3,000 metres, 400 metres, 100 metres, hammer and high jump. The programme ends at 9 pm with the Morton Mile.

Among the VIP guests at the event will be Ronnie Delany who finished third in the famous world record mile race at the stadium in 1958, and Eamonn Coghlan.

Further details:
Garrett Coughlan, Meeting Director, 087 1313146, [email protected]
Roy Dooney,The Media Group, 087 2414165 / 01 2301815 / [email protected]