Keynans Dominate as Irish Struggle

The Keynan men arrived in Belfast for the World Cross Country Championships this weekend, and dominated the proceedings as usual, winning all three men’s races.  For many of the Irish runners, however, it was a frustrating experience. Leevale’s Mark Carroll was, perhaps, the best chance of an Irish medal in the short course race.  It was not to be as he could only finish in 21st position.  Afterwards he said he could get no rhythm going during the race at all, finding the course very tough, with some sections very soft.  If the race had not been in Ireland he definitely would not have run.  Martin McCarthy of Leevale finished 76th in the long course race, third of the Irish runners.  Disappointed with his performance he said he would not allow it get him down, pointing out that all his training is geared for a good track season.  Cathal Lombard was forced to withdraw from the squad earlier due to injury.  In the Junior Men’s race Brian Keane of Leevale finished 83rd, second on the Irish team.  The winner of the junior race, Mekonnen of Ethiopia, finished third in the senior short course race on Saturday.  The Irish women didn’t fair much better than the men, although a 7th placing in the short course was highly commendable, especially without Sonia O’Sullivan or Catriona McKiernan.  For full details and results, visit the IAAF World Cross Country Web Site.