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World Junior Track And Field Championships


Junior squad smash record – Results (Corrected) Hot on the heels of the junior women’s 4X100m record, the junior men continued a rewarding week when they smashed the Irish junior 4X400m record at the World Junior Championships. The team of Curtis Woods, Billy Ryan, Jason Harvey and Brian Gregan clocked 3:10.17 for fourth place, just outside qualification for the final. Their time replaces the 3:13.09 which was set by the Irish team in 1989.
Uden Holland
1 Alwyn Myburgh RSA 46,90
2 Gordon-Paul Kennedy IRL 47,19
4 Bryan Murphy IRL 47,46

14 Joe Warne IRL 1:52.04

5 Mark Christie IRL 3:44.95
10 Liam Reale 1983 IRL 3:50.69

Men 5000 meter
1 Aziz el Ennati Edrissi MAR 13:46.68
2 Hidekazu Sato JPN 13:47.50
3 Mark Caroll IRL 13:48.60
4 Hiroyuki Yamada JPN 13:48.87
5 Yuuki Iwai JPN 13:48.90
6 Tsuyoshi Makabe JPN 13:50.16

13 Fiona O’Friel 0 IRL 12,34

8 Fiona O’Friel 1982 IRL 24,71

1 Marije te Raa 1984 AAC 4:15.39
2 Amy Rudolph USA 4:18.36
3 Linda Byrne IRL 4:19.18

400m Hurdles
Women 400m hurdles
1 Jenn Grossarth USA 56,66
2 Michelle Carey IRL 56,95

Cuxhaven Germany
High Jump
3. Ryan Deidre 1982 IRL 1,85

Relay team sets new Irish record at World Junior Championships

The Irish 4×100m women’s relay team set a new Irish junior record in their heat today. The team of Joan Healy, Steffi Creaner, Hannah Lewis and Mairead Murphy, who replaced the injured Niamh Whelan, set a time of 45.93.

Unfortunately this was not good enough to qualify from their heat as they finished in fourth position. The heat was won by Jamaica in a time of 44.55.

Earlier in the day City of Lisburn runner, Ciara Mageean, got Irish hopes of a medal at the World Junior Championships in Poland back on track when she qualified for the final of the 1,500m.

16 year old Mageean, who still has three years left at Junior level, finished fourth her heat in a personal best time of 4.21:73 but made it through to Sunday’s final as one of the fastest losers. Sara-Louise Treacy couldn’t emulate Mageean and finished 8th in her heat.

However, Mageean will be up against it in the final. Both heats were won by Ethopians, Kalkidan Gezahegne and Asmerawork Bekele. Gezahegne crossed the line first in 4.19:60 while Bekele won the second heat in 4.17:05.

Ireland’s only male walker, Paul Fitzpatrick from Shercock AC, set a new personal best time of 44.52:12 in the 10K walk this morning. It was, nevertheless, only good enough for a 20th place finish in the field.

Disappointment for Gregan in World Final

There was huge disappointment for Tallaght athlete Brian Gregan in the final of the 400m at the World Junior Championships in Poland tonight.

Gregan was disqualified in the final for a lane infringement as officials claimed he had crossed the running line during the final. The 18-year-old finished in 5th in the final in a time of 46.60, a new Irish Junior Record, but was later disqualified. The Irish team lodged an appeal on the disqualification but after some deliberation the verdict was upheld.

Gareth Devlin, High Performance Manager with Athletics Ireland said, “This is very disappointing for Brian after running the race of his life in a World Final and having a fantastic Championships on the whole, but we must abide by the rules and Brian will be back again.”

It was also a disappointing day for the other Irish in action. Pamela Hughes was unable to find her form in the final of the High Jump, the Westport AC athlete failed in her attempts at 1.78m. Germany’s Kimberley Jess eventually won the event with a jump of 1.86m.

Mairead Murphy and Sandra Lawlor both failed to make it out their heat in the 100m hurdles. Murphy finished 6th in a time of 14.21, almost a second outside qualifying, while Celbridge’s Sandra Lawlor struggled in her heat and finished 8th in 14.58.

It is a busy day for the Irish tomorrow in Poland. Laois athlete Barry Pender is in the final of the High Jump, Paul Fitzpatrick will take on a tough field in the final of the men’s 10K Walk, while Sara-Louise Treacy and Ciara Mageean will hoping to progress from their heats of the 1,500m.