Whilst Ireland’s ‘Elite athletes’ were competing in the European Indoors in Paris, other Irish athletes had reason to celebrate elsewhere.
Having recently been cleared to compete for Ireland, Brian McGovern celebrated, by setting a new Personal Best in the pole vault at the IC4A indoor championships in Boston. The Manhattan student cleared 5.15m to improve on his previous best of 5.09m achieved last month. He cleared 5.05m at the second attempt, 5.15m at the second attempt, before knocking the bar at 5.25m. His 5.15m clearance is a new Irish record for the event.
Stephanie Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) was again in top form at the Columbia Last Chance Meet in the Armory New York to win the 5,000m in 15:46.47 – her first time ever running the distance indoors.
Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) won two titles at the NJCAA national indoor championships in Lubock Texas, winning the 800m in 1:52.45 and the 1,000m in 2:26.70, with Tomas Cotter (Dunleer AC) third in 2:28.30. Cotter was also fourth in the 1 mile in 4:14.82.
Sam Healy (Belgooly AC) was the only Irish competitor at the England Athletics Combined Events championships in Sheffield this weekend. Competing in the U17 boys event he won the long jump with a jump of 6.28m and the high jump with a clearance of 1.78m en route to winning the event with a total of 2448 points, 32 points clear of the second placed athlete.
Another Sli Cualann AC athlete Fionnuala Britton meantime was competing in Potugal. At the IAAF Cross Country Permit Meeting in Albufeira, Hungary’s versatile Aniko Kalovics illustrated solid form to win in 19:38:05, ahead of Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton, who was 4th at December’s European Cross Country Championship.