Thursday, July 31, 2014

All-Time Ranking Revisions - O'Donnell Goes To 8th

Ger O' Donnell is on a high hurdling crusade at the moment. He started by taking the Glohealth Nationals a few weeks back in 14.57. He followed that up last night with first a windy 14.53 and then a legal 14.32 (1.8m/s) in Castres. Last night's races were only O' Donnell's 2nd and 3rd races over the full height and distance ever. He moved to 8th on the 110H All-Time Rankings with that run.

The top 10 revisions on the All-Time Rankings this season are:

  • Thomas Barr - #1 - Mens 400H - 48.90 - Geneva
  • Sarah Lavin - #3 - Womens 110H - 13.23 - Geneva (she was already #3 but consolidated that position this season)
  • Christine McMahon - #6 - Womens 400H - Nivelles
  • Paul Byrne - #8 - Mens 400H - Santry
  • Ger O' Donnell - #8 - Mens 110H - Castres

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hurdlers Experience Frustration In Glasgow

With Jason Harvey finishing 5th today in the semi-final of the Mens 400H at the Commonwealth Games, its brings an end to Northern Ireland's hurdlers participation at the Games. With Ben Reynolds and Christine McMahon also not progressing it will have been a frustrating championships for all three. Coming into a majors you will need to be on the top of you game and for two at least the timing of injuries pre Games will have been disaster.

On their games all three would have been in the hunt to progress to finals but that is the cruelness of sport. Harvey and Reynolds both missed the National Championship through injury and both were arguably slighly under cooked heading into Glasgow. McMahon admitted to a small mistake mid race scuppering her chances. But the fact that there were three hurdlers there shows the strength and health of hurdling in the North.

Both Harvey and McMahon still have the European Championship in Zurich to focus on as a means of redemption, to some extent at least.

Top 50 Juvenile Hurdle Clubs - All-Time (Part 1)

Well its not exactly All-Time but it is the past 8 years since the top juvenile hurdle club has been recorded. To start, its just 50th down to 31st. 30th to 11th will come tomorrow and then the Top Ten the day after.

31. St Peters
32. Lifford
33. Dublin Striders
34. Celtic DCH
35. Glaslough
36. Shercock
37. Crusaders
38. Grange/Fermoy
39. Enniscorthy
40. Tralee Harriers
41. Blarney/Inniscarra
42. Tramore
43. Athenry
44. Riverstick
45. Gowran
46. Gorey
47. Tullamore
48. Midleton
49. Liscarroll
50. Old Abbey

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Carrick Go Two In A Row

Carrick-on-Suir made it two years running as the Top Juvenile Hurdle Club in Ireland after the Glohealth All-Irelands in Tullamore at the weekend. They were comfortable winners from DSD thanks to their medal haul of 2 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronze. Dooneen achieved their best performance yet when claiming 3rd. Cushinstown and Donore shared 4th while last year's runners-up, Leevale, were 6th. Bree, for such a small club, maintained their phenonomal record of being top 10 year after year in 7th. In all, 56 clubs had athletes who claimed a top 6 position in a hurdle event.
A special mention to Emby Walsh, the driving force at Carrick-on-Suir for so many years, from Susan Smith (via facebook) "Emby - still a force to be reckoned with! Fantastic work!".

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Future Is Bright With Underage Stars

Short Hurdles At All-Irelands
The Glohealth All-Irelands brought to a conclusion this weekend what was a great three weeks for Irish Juvenile athletics. Days 1/2 and 3/4 of the Glohealth All-Irelands sandwiched the School Internationals and some of the established athletes themselves even more while a few more future stars made their breakthroughs.

The short hurdles at the All-Irelands were first up. The Bu19 110H was billed as a headliner with Matthew Behan and Sam Healy renewing their rivalry after their fireworks at the National Juniors. They were joined on the blocks by Garbhan McKenna but the drama all unfolded in the blocks with both McKenna and Behan disqualified for false starts. It left Healy to win comfortably in 15.33 (-2.7m/s).

Shannen Dawkins closed out her juvenile hurdling career with a win in the Gu19 100H in 14.95. Jason Foley was pushed all the way in the Bu18 110H by Paul Sexton with a 14.78 to Sexton's 14.99. Clodagh O' Mahoney has had a great season and made great progress and won the Gu18 100H in 14.42 from long hurdling pair Leanne Prout and Kellyann Doyle.

Jack Murphy was a big winner in the Bu17 100H in 13.65 while Elizabeth Morland the girls equivalent in 14.63. Daniel Ryan won the Bu16 while Molly Scott claimed the Gu16 from Shannon Sheehy. The younger talents were also shining with the winners Max Carey (Bu15), Ciara Deely (Gu15), Lucas Moylan (Bu14), Miriam Daly (Gu14), Cian O' Connell (Bu13) and Niamh Foley (Gu13). Great to see a great spread of clubs in there winning titles and special mention to clubs like Lake District AC and Suncroft AC who had wins with Cian O' Connell and Lucas Moylan respectively.

Schools International
While Ireland's best senior athletes were competing at the National Senior Championship last weekend, Ireland's best schools athletes were heading to Wales for the annual Schools International. The hurdlers were on fire with wins for Amaris Borel and Jack Murphy. Borel won the Girls 300H in a huge new PB of 43.19 with Chloe Whelan 5th in 45.26. Murphy won the Boys 100H in 13.55 with Ben Fisher 6th in 14.46. Molly Scott claimed 2nd in the Girls 80H in 11.62 behind Alicia Barret, the reigning champion and record holder from 2013. Clodagh O' Mahoney was 4th in 11.78. The 400H boys acquitted themselves well to finish 4th with Simon Essuman (56.94) and 5th with Ciaran Barnes (56.95).

Jack and Molly In Wales

Long Hurdlers
The past weekend saw the long hurdle races at the All-Irelands in Tullamore. Amaris Borel showed her class when winning the Gu17 300H in 44.19. She has shown great promise this season and taken 5 seconds off her PB this season. Matthew Behan moved up in distance and claimed a new PB (55.41) and National Title in the Bu19, putting the disappointment of the short hurdles from two weeks previously. Kelly McGrory took the Gu19 400H in 65.92 but all the action was in the Gu18 400H. McGrory and her teammate Kate McGowan along with Carrick-on-Suir pair Leanne Prout and Kellyann Doyle have been having great battles all season. This time Doyle came out on top with a stunning new PB of 61.22 with her teammate Prout also claiming a PB of 61.95 in 2nd. McGowan was 3rd in 64.00. Mikey Quilligan just edged out Joey Halwax in the Bu18 400H in 55.75 to 55.95. Ryan Murray had a blistering run of 39.21 to beat Simon Essuman who also went sub 40 in the Bu17 300H.

Cathal Locke won the Bu16 250H in 34.44 by only 0.04 from Alan McGinley while Shannon Sheehy also had a close win in the Gu16 in 35.85 from Niamh Malone. Kolade Abiodun was superb in the Bu15 250H and won in 33.81. Ciara Deely completed the short/long double when taking gold in the Gu15 250H in 36.76.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flash Gordon Ready To Light Up Morton

It really is glory days for 400m hurdling in Ireland right now. On Tuesday in Cork we had Javier Culson and Johnny Dutch. Tonight in Dublin we have Jehue Gordon. It wasn't long ago we would struggle to get a field of 4 or 5 together. The lane draw for tonight's Morton Games is:

1 - Matt Sumner (GBR)
2 - Paul Byrne (IRL)
3 - Jehue Gordon (TRI)
4 - Tom Barr (IRL)
5 - Takatoshi Abe (JPN)
6 - Mahau Suguimati (BRA)
7 - Jason Harvey (NI)
8 - Ger O' Donnell (IRL)

Just a reminder, the guy in lane three is the reigning World Champion.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Heavy Hurdling Artillary Rolls Into Cork

These guys are probably bigger than the big guns and will be coming into Tom Barr's backyard tonight and if they get the chance steal some of those famous Barr chicken's eggs. Its a super lineup with 47 second men Javier Culson and Johnny Dutch being Barr's big threats and credit must go to Cork City Sports organisers for making this happen. It was back in 2011 that we asked for a 400H race to be put on to get qualifying times for European Juniors and U23 for a group of hurdlers that included Tom Barr. Its fitting Cork City have continued the tradition and now Barr in the shape of his life gets to take these guys on on home soil. There will be two 400 hurdle races to accomodate the Irish guys, like Timmy Crowe and Paul Byrne, which is also great to see. The two races include:

Johnny Dutch 47.63
Javier Culson 47.72
Reggie Wyatt 48.58
Mahau Suguimati 48.67
Thomas Barr 48.90
Keisuke Nozawa 49.15
Seb Rodger 49.19
Yuki Matsushita 49.71
Tim Crowe 51.24
Paul Byrne 51.41

The women's 100H hurdles will include Sarah Lavin and will see her with a real chance of a win. Her biggest threats will be Sirena Williams USA (13.27) and Serita Solomon GBR (13.09). Catherine McManus and Megan Marrs are also down to start. Field includes:

Serita Solomon 13.09
Sarah Lavin 13.23
Sirena Williams 13.27
Karla Drew 13.37
Erica Kleinhaus 13.49
Megan Marrs 13.72
Catherine McManus 13.88