O’Rourke Wins in New Irish Junior Record

The track and field season may be well and truly over on the home front, but with the Olympics, and the World junior championships next month in South America, the track just wont go away.  Today there was an international junior track and field fixture in Bath with a good representation of Irish athletes.  Highlight of the meet was a new Irish junior record by Leevale’s Derval O’Rourke, who won the 100m hurdles in a time of 13.81, which was also a Bath record.  Conor Sweeney set a qualifying mark for the 800m when he won the 800m in a time of 1:49.77, but Tony Lilley of Togher had a disappointing run, finishing fifth in 1:57.46, well outside his best time.  The only senior event on the programme, the Roger Bannister mile, was won by Andrew Walker in 4:05.47.  Liam Reale of Limerick was fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:25.21.  Tim Flannery of Nenagh was third in the 110m hurdles with 15.07, Colin Griffin won the 10k walk in 45:26.40, and Eileen O’Keeffe was fourth in the hammer with 51.99, completing a good day for the Irish squad.