Dineen Impresses in 800m as O’Rourke Sets PB in 100m

The Dublin International, organised by Athletics Ireland today, failed to attract any great number of spectators to Santry Stadium. However, there were some super performances from the athletes who competed.  In the 800m Darren Dinneen of Leevale edged another bit closer to the A standard for the Sydney Olympics, finishing sixth in 1:46.88, inside the B standard, but just half a second outside the 1:46.30 A standard.  He has been running this time consistently over the past couple of months, and, given the right racing conditions, should make the qualifying mark.  The 1,500m was a slow run affair, way off the qualifying standard, leaving Ken Nason to finish in fourth place with 3.46.61.  In the women’s 100m Hurdles, Derval O’Rourke clocked 14.03. She also ran a PB of 11.97 in the 100m.  Breeda Dennehy from Bandon looked good in the 5,000m, although she had decided in advance to only run the first 3,000m, dropping out with a time of nine minutes for the distance.  Half an hour later she was back on track, winning the 1,500m in 4:16.82.