Phil Healy and Ciara Mageean starred internationally with good early season form while there was a host of championship best performances at the IrishLife Health U20 & U23 Championships in Athlone yesterday.
Bandon’s Phil Healy starred in the Vienna International Indoor meeting winning the women’s 400m in 52.31 which was comfortably a European Indoor qualifying time and marks her out as a medal contender come Glasgow in March.
Ciara Mageean (UCD) was impressive in the NB Indoor Grand Prix in Boston running a new Irish indoor mile record finishing 6th in 4:28.31.
Meanwhile at the Irish Life Health U20 and U23 Indoor Championships in Athlone IT, Israel Olatunde (Dundealgan) led a host of championship best performances with a national youth record in the U20 men’s 60m in 6.84 seconds.
Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn) won the U20 women’s 60m in 7.42 seconds while Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s) caused a surprise beating Ciara Neville (Emerald) in the U23 women’s 60m winning in 7.54. Becker also won the 200m in 24.25.
The full report is on the Athletics Ireland website HERE
At the Slovakian indoor championships Alex Wright (Leevale) won the 5,000m race walk in 19:10.76.
Mick Clohisey was a hometown winner of the Raheny 5 mile in 23:26 while Annmarie McGlynn (Letterkenny) won the women’s race in 25:59 ahead of Queen’s University’s Emma Mitchell.