No matter how great an athlete has been they will always have a slump or dip in form or a phase where times aren't dropping. Sarah Lavin wasn't setting the world on fire earlier this season but she has no doubt re-grouped and is now back in the zone where she belongs with a couple of sub 13.50 runs in Mannheim today (13.49/13.45). You also get the sense that now that she is in her groove those times will keep on dropping over the coming weeks.
Also in Mannheim, Matthew Behan and Garbhan McKenna competed in preparation for the upcoming European Junior championships. It was a good taster of what was to come in Sweden. Behan made the B final where he finished 4th in 14.38 after a 14.00 in the heat, only 0.01 off his own Irish Junior Record. McKenna clocked 14.49 in his heat and has shown good consistency with this his fourth sub 14.50 of the season. After Daniel Ryan's Irish Youth Record earlier this month, evidence that high hurdling is in rude health is further demonstrated with news that Ben Fisher got confirmation that he has been selected for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa later in the summer. The high hurdler is one of only three Northern Ireland athletes selected and is part of the Tom Reynolds training group which also includes Ben Reynolds and Garbhan McKenna.
In Belgium, Christine McMahon won the Nivelle EAP meet in 58.10, a season's best. Gerard O' Donnell was within 0.09 of his PB with 14.19 while Ben Kiely (53.16) and Nessa Millet (61.21) were still chasing Euro U23 standards.
Kate McGowan was only 0.12 off a Euro Juniors B standard at the Munster championships with 61.37, a PB of over half a second.