Carroll Chases Irish Record at Cork City Sports this Saturday


The 50th BUPA Ireland Cork City Sports is the big event on Saturday, starting at 2pm.  For the first time the Sports will be held at the Cork Institute of Technology in Bishopstown, where a brand new track has been laid.  Some of the leading athletes in the world will be in action, and a feast of athletics is promised.  All the leading Irish athletes will be in action, but all eyes will be on Corkman Mark Carroll who runs in the 1,500m on this occasion.  The Leevale man, European indoor 3,000m champion, has long promised that he wants to add the Irish record for the distance to the other Irish records he holds at 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m.  And where better to achieve his aim than on his own home track in front of his many supporters and fans.  For the past year or so he has done his best running over the 1,500m/mile distance.  Julius Achon of Uganda, like Mark, is a product of the American scholarship system, while up and coming Australian Craig Mottram is also in the race, and both will make Mark work every inch of the way.  Another Australian in action is Georgie Clark, niece of the great Ron Clark.  She goes in the womens 1,500m where Breeda Dennehy Willis from Bandon will provide Cork interest, while Freda Davoren of UCC will be attempting to keep her great recent form with another victory.  She won in Dublin last Friday, and before that reduced her best time for the distance to 4:12 at the BMC meet. The javelin is sure to attract a lot of attention, with some of the competitors well capable of throwing the spear well over eighty metres.  The CIT stadium is a very compact one, which means that the crowd will be practically on top of the athletes.  And if the crowd get any way excited at what is going on then the athletes will not be short of the motivation in giving their best.