Letterkenny International Track & Field Meeting 2017:
Derry Track Club’s Adam Kirk-Smith was the star performer as Northern Ireland based athletes played their part in an excellent evening of athletics at the annual Letterkenny International Track & Field Meeting in County Donegal, Ireland. The highlight of the event was a sub 4 minute mile by American athlete Robert Domanic – he covered the classic distance in 3:59.88.
Adam Kirk-Smith already had a Commonwealth Games consideration standard for the 3,000m Steeplechase after setting a new personal best of 8:37.62 at the IFAM Track & Field Meeting in Belgium, but the England based athlete added weight to his case for selection with another personal best of 8:37.41 for 4th place – this was again well under the 8:43.30 CWG standard and could prove important given that twelve athletes have now reached the required standard, therefore leaving selectors with a dilemma of who to take.
Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC) returned to the event where she famously clocked the Rio Olympic standard – however, despite a strong run, the talented athlete fell just short of the Gold Coast 3,000m Steeplechase qualifying time of 9:54.00 when she crossed the line in 9:59.56 (5th place).
Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Christine McMahon is another athlete who is on the verge of putting herself in the frame for a place on the Northern Ireland team heading to the Commonwealth Games next year – Christine, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, followed on from her 58.30 win at the Belfast International on Wednesday night, with a 59.00 for 2nd place.
There was a strong NI representation in the 3,000m event, with Derry Track Club’s Martin Cox leading the local contingent home in a personal best of 8:51.74 (5th place). Craig Newell (Ballymena & Antrim AC) narrowly missed a podium place in the 400m race, after running 49.29 for 4th place.
Full results for the event will be added as soon as possible.