Crowe flies as Lawler shines brightest

It was an action packed weekend. Below is Jumping The Gun’s take and thoughts of the action

Prefontaine: the start
of Diamond League shining

The Prefontaine meeting in Eugene, Oregon kick-started the
Diamond league tour with some of the highlights being Mutaz Barshim of Qatar’s 2.40m leap
in the high jump and the decent return to form of Kenenisa Bekele in the

In terms of controversy, Ezekiel Kemboi senselessly shoved Conseslus
Kipruto in the 3,000m steeplechase at the finish. If he wasn’t so lazy he could
have won with a full effort – instead he tried to cut Kipruto off on to the infield. He was disqualified as result.

Mo Farah may have been beaten by Edwin Soi in the 5,000m but
he showed he can race when not fully fit. It was interesting to see the field
pay him and his Oregon Project team members so much respect in certain parts of
the race.

Prefontaine tweets

‏There was also some interesting takes on drugs which I have
highlighted below from twitter. One was from race commentator Tim Hutchings on
Maria Savinova’s lack of participation.

The other being the Diamond League trying to fool us into
thinking a rivalry between Lashawn Merrit and Kirani James bears any weight
given Merrit’s drug past. Let the Roman circus continue!  

@TimHutchings1 47m

So just why did Maria Savinova not show up in Eugene but
chose to run in Moscow? No prizes, sorry……………


The James v Merritt rivalry promises to be an ongoing
highlight of the 2013 season. That was a real return to form for @lashawnmerrit

Lawler a class apart

Marcus Lawler was without doubt the star of the schools
championships which had a host of top talent and could potentially be a golden
generation. Then again, it could be as good as it gets. It’s still the best day
of track and field on the Irish calendar. Lawler ran 20.87 in the 200m if you
missed it.

Mini Marathon: third time lucky for O’Doherty;
international field dream

If you ever attend the mini marathon you will leave energised
and feeling good in yourself at the positive energy of the event.

This year Siobhan O’Doherty got a coveted victory having
been second the last two years. She won in 34:20.

For such a big event generating big revenue the prize money
is getting better but it would be great to see them add real quality to the
head of the field to truly marry mass participation and top class running. The
Great Ireland Run seem to have the best recipe for that.  

Robinson’s streak continues as O’Hanlon’s marathon adventure

Paul Robinson
is unbeaten over the mile and 1500m this year and won in Marseille on Friday in
3:41. He’s now one of the favourites for
the European U-23 Track and Field Championships in July. Gary O’Hanlon’s
winning streak came to an end by 23 seconds at the Cork Marathon

As the Crowe flies

Laura Crowe is showing excellent form and the Castle Island
favourite ran 4:12.25 to win the 1500m at the British Milers Club in

Lavin’s record run as Irish invade Europe with stellar times

There was so many top Irish performances around Europe to
report but we’ll give Sarah Lavin’s national junior record of 13.45 in the 100m
Hurdles in Geneva the top mention. We hope to have her on the podcast in the
coming weeks.

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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