Barr brilliant, Mageean Magnificent, Heffernan DQ’d; Nationals Day two Roundup
“It was good consolidating run, after the London Diamond League,” said Barr, who won impressively in windy in 49.68 seconds. “I was a little bit deflated. I hadn’t competed in a few weeks with training and travelling. It was just what I needed going into Beijing. It was a fast run given the conditions we had and the race we had.” Paul Byrne (St Abban’s AC) was second in 50.72 with Brandon Arrey (Blarney/ Inniscara AC) third in 54.78.
Heffernan disqualified but ready for Beijing
Unfortunately Robert Heffernan (Togher) was disqualified at the 5km mark in the 10,000m race walk at the start of the day. Leevale’s Alex Wright took the victory in 40:04.29 with Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) second in 41:16.25 and Cian McManamon (Westport AC) third in 43:07.52.
Heffernan, the defending world champion going into Beijing later this month, got three yellow cards for lifting but wasn’t too downhearted.
“It was disappointing I didn’t get to do the second half of the race but I’m very happy with my form,” said Heffernan afterwards. “At 3:50 a kilometre (pace) things are highlighted. I race 50km at 4:20 a kilometre. The fact I was able to bang out 3:50 a kilometre, I felt very strong, controlled. I said I’ll get to 5km and bury it and drive it home.
“My training has gone well (for Beijing). I want to win a medal. I’ve always wanted to win a medal, if I can control what I can do and deliver a performance.”
English edges to third national title
Mark English (UCD) held off Clonliffe Harriers’ Declan Murray to win his third national title in 1:50.94 – Murray ran 1:51.04 and Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC) was third with 1:51.50.
“I just had to try hold Declan off, it’s a different skill,” said English. “I’m just happy to come through it and get the win. I was trying to run controlled and practice that smooth running style. I was trying to run as efficiently as I could.”
English now builds towards Beijing in what will be his second world championships. “I can’t forget what happened last time, I need to be aware of those lads. Moscow was tactics, not really preparation, I was in great shape, I’m going to go out there and give it a blast.”
Gregan returns to win thrilling 400m
Brian Gregan won an exciting 400m in 46.20 with relay spots up for grabs for the world championships. Gregan got a bye into the final having finished second in Belgium on Saturday night in 45.81. Brian Murphy (Crusaders) running in his 15th national final got up for second in 46.96. His Crusaders club mate, Richard Morrissey, was third in 47.00.
Mageean shows class in 800m
Ciara Mageean showed real class in winning the women’s 800m in 2:02.98 ahead of Laura Crowe (An Riocht) in second in 2:04.17 and Ciara Everard third in 2:07.42.
Treacy on the double
Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) completed an impressive double winning the 1500m with a front-running performance in 4:18.62. Treacy won the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday in 9:58.92. Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) was second in4:19.10 with Emma Mitchell (Banbridge) third in 4:22.51.
McMullen goes long