Ailis McSweeney was in inspired form at the Liege T&F meet in Belgium tonight, when she achieved the most significant result of her life in winning the 100m in a time of 11.40 with a legal following wind of 0.8 m/s. The time is a new Irish record, bettering Michelle Carroll’s 11.43 set in 1978, long before Ailis was even born.
Ailis is reaching peak form at just the right time. On Sunday she demolished a top class field to win the 100m at the Woodie’s DIY national championships in Morton Stadium, finishing well clear in a time of 11.60.
The time also qualifies her for the European championships in Barcelona, allowing her to run in the individual event as well as the sprint relay of which she is a member.
In recent years she has competed at the World University Games in 2005 and 2007 and the European championships in 2006. Indoors she competed in the European championships in 2005 and 2009, and the World championships in 2006 and 2008. Her international experience should stand to her in Barcelona.
Meeting international d’athlétisme de la Province de Liège BEL
100 m Women Race 1
Heat:1 Wind : 0.8
1 MCSWEENEY AILIS IRL 11.40
2 DAVIN ELISABETH BEL 11.71
3 ZAGRE ANNE BEL 11.81
Click on the player below to see a video of the race.