JTG 5-A-Day

English Marks Beijing Card; Dafne Destroys Dutch Record; Your JTG 5-A-Day

1. English Hits Beijing Mark

Mark English finished 5th in the FBK Games in Hengelo on Sunday running a time of 1:45.83 to secure qualification for the World Championships in Beijing later this summer. Laura Crowe (1000m) and Ciaran O Lionaird (1500m) were also in action at the same meet.

More details and race video here

2. Dafne Skips To Dutch Record

Also in Hengelo over the weekend, local faourite Dafne Schippers stormed to victory in the women’s 100m clocking a Dutch record of 10.94 in the process. Behind her 19 year old Briton Dina Asher-Smith also set a national record with a time of 11.02.

Hengelo report here, race video below.

3. Everard Edges Towards Worlds, Young-Guns Shine In Belfast

Earlier in the weekend there was another top 800m performance as Ciara Everard claimed second place at the IFAM meet in Oordegem running 2:01.21, just outside the Beijing standard of 2:01.00. Karl Griffin also produced a PB in his 800m race to hit the Euro u-23 standard. There were also some top performances at the Irish Milers Club meet in Belfast, particularly by the younger athletes.

More from IFAM and Milers Club videos here

4. Words of Wisdom From Loren Seagrave

One of the worlds most renowned speed coaches, Loren Seagrave, spoke to Cathal Dennehy recently and in this first of a two-part series he discusses the fundamentals, barriers to speed development and what is required in the weight room.

Read the full piece here

5. Bolt Ready For Ostrava

Usain Bolt opens his European season in Ostrava on Tuesday and he spoke to reporters, straight off the plane, about how he has been working hard on his 200m in particular for the season ahead. Video below:

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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