Ben Reynolds sets new record

Updated: January 31, 2012

Ben Reynolds of North Down AC celebrated his official switch from Great Britain to Irish Athletics with a new Irish U23 Indoor Record over 60m hurdles in Lee Valley, London. His time of 7.88 takes 0.14 seconds off John Whelan’s record of 8.02 that dates back to 1994.

Reynolds is the reigning senior Irish outdoor champion and will be looking to take the indoor title when he competes in the Woodies DIY Senior Indoor championships in Belfast in two weeks’ time. Irish Senior record holder Peter Coghlan is making a big comeback and will be out to test Reynolds. Coghlan’s clubmate from Crusaders AC, Ian McDonald, has also shown early season form, setting a personal best of 7.93 last week and will be looking to retain the indoor title he won 12 months ago.

Meanwhile, in Boston overnight, David McCarthy won a stunning mile race at the Terrier Invitational setting a huge Personal Best of 3:55.75 minutes. McCarthy has shown a return to form in recent weeks and looks set for a strong indoor season in the US Collegiate NCAA championships. John Coghlan was 3rd in the same race and also dipped under the 4 minute barrier with 3:59.32 minutes and in doing do his father Eamon and himself have become the first Irish father and son duo to break the magical 4 minute barrier. Coghlan will next compete in the Millrose Games as part of a strong DCU Medley Relay team that also includes Mark English and European U23 medallist Brian Gregan.

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