JTG’s O’Donnell blazes to 60m hurdles Euro indoor standard in Gent

Normally Jumping The Gun just reports the news but this evening at the IFAM Indoor International Flanders Athletics meeting in Gent, our very own Gerard O’Donnell made the news with the Irish result of the day to win the 60m Hurdles in 7.73 seconds and qualify for the European Indoor Championships.

Gerard dipped under 8 seconds (7.99) for the first time last week and in the heats tonight he ran a new personal best of 7.87 to qualify for the final. GOD, as he has been nicknamed, didn’t stop there. He decided to slice another chunk off and qualify for Prague.

The Carrickonshannon athlete has been in good form but, if the ivory towers of JTG are honest, it was an unexpected result. This season he has been able to keep his injuries at bay and credit must go to his coach Jeremy Lyons.

Gerard O'Donnell on top of the podium in Gent after winning in 7.73

Gerard O’Donnell on top of the podium in Gent after winning in 7.73

Paul Byrne was also in action over the hurdles over the rarely run 400m hurdles. He produced a national best of 52.81 and was third fastest overall.

Sara Treacy and Ciara Everard were the best of the women in their respective 1500m and 800m. Treacy finished 6th 4:16.73 while Everard finished second in 2:04.81.

The main race of the night was the men’s 500m where Kevin Borlee edged his brother Jonathan in 1:01.06 to 1:01.28.

There was a large Irish contingent and you can check out all the results here and check the European indoor qualification standards on our site here

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