Mary Cullen impresses on return

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Updated: February 9, 2011

Sligo’s Mary Cullen made a sensational return to competitive action over 3,000m in Lieven France last night. Her third place finish in a time of 8:56.89 was within striking distance of winner Mekdes Bekele from Ethiopia. More importantly, her time is inside the qualifying standard for the European championships in Paris next month.

Fionnuala Britton finished fifth in the same race in a time of 9:00,81, just over one tenth of a second outside her PB and once again a fraction outside the Paris standard of 9:00.00.

Derval O’Rourke was third in the 60m hurdles final in a time of 8.03. Clubmate Ailis McSweeney clocked 8.47 in her heat of the 60m but did not qualify for the final.

MEETING NORD PAS DE CALAIS Lieven FR
3000m Femmes / Finale
1 MEKDES BEKELE ETH 8:55.08
2 LIDIA CHOJECKA POL 8:55.91
3 MARY TERESA CULLEN IRL 8:56.89
4 CHRISTINE BARDELLE FRA 9:00.64
5 FIONNUALA BRITTON IRL 9:00.81
6 3 FANJANTEINO FELIX FRA 9:02.63
7 BIRTUKAN ADAMU ETH 9:04.06
8 A.TSCHURTSCHENTHALER ITA 9:25.87

60h Haies Femmes / Série 2
1 KELLIE WELLS USA 7.87 Q SB 0.15
2 VONETTE DIXON JAM 8.07 Q 0.22
3 DERVAL O’ROURKE IRL 8.11 Q 0.15

Final
1 KELLIE WELLS USA 7.85 0.15
2 VONETTE DIXON JAM 8.02 0.18
3 DERVAL O’ROURKE IRL 8.03 0.15
4 KRISTI CASTLIN USA 8.03 0.13
5 SANDRA GOMIS FRA 8.08 0.17
6 NICHOLE DENBY USA 8.15 0.14
7 ALICE DECAUX FRA 8.18 0.15
DQ PERDITA FELICIEN CAN

60m Femmes / Série 2
1 OLESYA POVH UKR 7.22 Q 0.13
2 ME’LISA BARBER USA 7.33 Q 0.17
3 TIANNA MADISON USA 7.43 Q 0.18
4 ALEKSANDRA FEDORIVA RUS 7.45 0.20
5 AILIS MCSWEENEY IRL 7.47 0.19

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