Carroll Sets Second Irish Record in 4 Days

Mark Carroll was at it again tonight, shattering the Irish 5000m record in Berlin.  Mark’s time of 13:03.93 was almost 10 seconds better than Frank O’Mara’s old record set back in 1987.  The race was won by Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie in a time of 12:56.5.  Mark was among a bunch of runners dropped by four African athletes with 1000 metres to go. Gebrselassie, Kipkosgei of Kenya, Mezgebu of Ethiopia, and Lahlafi of Morocco kicked from the pack with a just under three laps left. “It felt good. I went faster through 3,000m than I ever have before; 7:51 I think”, said Mark. “I got a bit of help then from Bob Kennedy. We helped each other out. After that I really felt it in my hamstring. I’ve had a few tough races but I thought I’d hang on and maybe do 13:07. It’s been a tough 10 days with the European Championships and then Brussells the other night.”  I knew I was way under Frank’s record but it doesn’t really matter. Anything under 13:10 tonight I’d have been really happy with” he said afterwards (Results)