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Morton Games on Eurosport

Eurosport 2 will be showing the Morton Games highlights show on Tuesday the 21st at 10.00pm.

60th Anniversary of Albie Thomas` World 2 Mile Record

August 7th 1958 a new day in Santry and a new World Record is set! 24 hours after Herb Elliott`s Mile World Record brought day 2 of the ‘August International Sports’. The feature event on the programme for day 2 was the 2 mile open. Tonight Herb Elliott way to pay back Albie Thomas for pacing the mile by pacing the 2 mile for Thomas.

The crowd was smaller tonight, approximately numbering 8000. From the off Elliott took on the pace making duties reaching the mile in 4.22 with Thomas on his shoulder. On hearing the split Thomas though the pace was too slow and the opportunity was gone :

“When I heard the mile time I said to myself bang goes our hopes of a record, but I decided to have a go. It was tough going and in the second quarter of the last mile I felt like turning it in. Then came that wonderful Dublin cheer. I felt I was running for the crowd as much as for myself and I just ran as hard as I possibly could. When I heard I had actually beaten the record I could hardly believe it. Imagine I ran the last mile in 4 minutes 11 seconds’. (Albie Thomas)

A new World Record 8.32.0. The second in 2 days, and Albie Thomas` second of the Summer of `58 in Santry (to add to his World 3 Mile set on July 9th)

2 mile start

(Above, start of the 2 mile open, Aug 7th 1958)

2 mile elliott paces

(Above, Elliott (note missing number) paces, Thomas (no. 38) waits)

Albie Thomas World 2 mile record

(Above, Albie Thomas breaks the World Record!)

Morton Games is proud to preserve the memory of Ablie Thomas with the annual Albie Thomas Memorial Race as a key event in the annual international event. Fittingly this year`s was won by Australia`s Brett Robinson with the presentation made by Albie`s family: wife Nola, daughter Robyn, son in law Gary and grandsons Liam and Thomas.

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(Above 2018, Albie Thomas Memorial Race)

Morton Games photos

There are two sets of superb photographs from this year’s meet available for viewing. The photographers are Eamonn Symth Photography and Conor McDonnell of National Sports Campus. To see click : http://mortongames.ie/photo-gallery/nggallery/page/4

(Pictured, Emily Lipari (USA) wins Hireco 1500)

Morton Games coming to Eurosports and podcast

Highlights of Morton Games will be on Eurosport TV in August.  Broadcast slots are:

August 14th 8.00am Eurosport 1

August 15th 6.00pm Eurosport 2

August 17th 11.30pm Eurosport 2

The full Live Stream replay is also available on mortongames.ie

Also for you fans of the wireless:

Here’s link to Dublin City FM’s show last Tuesday 25 July,  with a recap of Morton Games, and interviews with several athletes:  Marcus Lawlor, Stephen Scullion, Brian Fay, Cory McGee, Hannah Green, Boris Berian, Sam Prakel.

Dublin City FM Inside Sport – Morton Games Report

Interviews by Jack McCarthy, DC FM

Replay of Morton Games livestream now available

If you would like to watch a replay of last Thursday night’s Morton Games go to www.mortongames.ie on the home page click on Replay. There you will find a link from 247TV. Enjoy.

Morton Games delivers Super Santry Night

Thursday night’s Morton Games delivered once again with a superb night’s athletics before a large appreciative crowd in the Morton Stadium, Santry. Throughout the night from start to the iconic Morton Mile at 9 p.m. there were world class performances delivered by world class athletes.

The Morton Mile was the climax of the evening at 9 p.m. sharp with 11 of the 14 finishers dipping under the magical four minutes. Sam Prakel (USA) continued his superb form, having won in Cork on Monday night he carried that form up to Dublin and was a worthy winner in 3.55.80, chased all the way to the line by the fast finishing Lopez Lomong (USA) who also finished in a season’s best, like Prakel, of 3.56.58 with Henry Wynne (USA) on his first visit to Ireland 3rd in 3.56.86.  Raheny’s young Brian Fay just finished outside of the magical sub 4 running a time of 4.00.45, a superb performance by the young northsider.

The Dublin Marathon Women’s 800 again delivered with a superb race, although the field finished just outside of the 2 minute barrier it was an excellent race won by USA 800 finalist Hannah Green in a time of 2.01.66 from Ireland’s Ciara Mageean who had another storming performance in this race in 2.02.13 with Alena Brooks (TTO) 3rd in 2.02.32.

The Men’s 800 produced a fantastic race, when the pacemaker pulled off Boris Berian (USA), the 2016 World indoor champion, took the race by the scruff of the neck and heading into the top bend was several metres clear, a lead that he was not going to relinquish, he was chased all the way to the line by teammate Brandon Lasater (USA), Berian broke the tape in 1.45.72, the fastest 800 in Morton Games in several years. Other notable performances included a PB from John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) of 1.48.09 and a PB from Australia’s Jordan Williamsz of 1.47.35.  Unfortunately Mark English pulled off on the home straight with an injury.

The Hireco Women’s 1500 produced the finish of the day. With good pace making the athletes were on for a fast time, there were several athletes in the field chasing European qualifying times and this resulted in the recording of four PBs and 2 SBs.  Coming down the home straight it looked to be Elinor Purrier’s race, as she was about to raise her arms in victory Emily Lipari (USA) was getting closer and closer and on the dip just got in in front of Purrier to take her first win at Morton Games in 4.08.01, Purrier was 2nd and 2017 European junior champion Gemma Reeki (GBR) 3rd in 4.09.08.

The sprint races produced wonderful performances with the favourite Crystal Emmanuel (CAN) taking the win in the Aon Women’s 100 in a time of 11.44. There was drama in the Aon Men’s 100 as a false start resulted in the DQ of defending champion Jeff Demps (USA) meaning that there were only nine starters tearing down the home straight and in the dash for the line Sean McLean (USA), 2nd last year behind Demps took the win in 10.22 with Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer 2nd and Bismark Boateng (CAN) 3rd in 10.29.

The JWT Folk Women’s 400 really brought the crowd to their feet as rounding off the top bend Ireland’s fastest woman Phil Healy looked like she was going to take the win from a very strong international field, however, getting up beside her on her inside was Maggie Barrie, not only the first athlete representing Sierra Leone to run in the Morton Games but the first athlete from Sierra Leone to actually race in the Morton stadium. Barrie took the win in 52.63 from Healy 52.88 and France’s Elea Diarra 4rd 53.01.

Likewise the Men’s 400 was a superb race with the first two dipping under 46 seconds. Israel’s Donald Sanford took the win in 45.81 from Rabah Yousif (GBR) 45.87.

The eagerly anticipated Albie Thomas 500 (sponsored by Dublin Athletics Board) produced the goods. The pacemakers were clearly doing their job as the large field was strung out from the start.  When the pacer pulled out of the way Adel Mechaal (ESP) took up the running as expected, he was chasing the European qualifying time.  Sitting on his shoulder was Brett Robinson (AUS), the winner of the 3000 in Cork on Monday night and a train of British athletes led by Ben Connor, Jonny Mellor and Luke Traynor. With 600 to go Robinson made his move getting up past Mechaal and chased by Connor. The first three all came home under 13.30 with Robinson recording 13.26.50, Connor 13.29.35, bettering his PB set in this race last year, by 2 seconds and Mechaal 13.29.94.  Both Connor and Mechaal dipped under the European qualifying time. Jonny Mellor clearly showed that he still has speed in his legs, now that he is moving up to the marathon, running 13.36.12. Ireland’s Stephen Scullion ran a big PB of 13.50.04.

There was also as part of the Meet a fantastic interclub juvenile relay producing almost the finish of the day as Clonliffe Harriers A team was hunted down by Dunboyne AC and in the end there was a margin of one tenth of a second or so between the teams with Clonliffe winning in 3.51.26 from Dunboyne and Ratoath AC.

The Junior Men’s Mile was won in considerable style by Cian Kelly (St. Abban’s) – 4.20.05 from Daire Finn (DCH) and Michael Power (West Waterford).

In the IMC races Maisy O’Sullivan (St. Abban’s) won in 2.08.36 from Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC) 2.09.73 and Jenna Bromell (Emerald) 2.09.73 and in the Men’s 800 Elliot Slade won in 1.52.75 from Alex Beddoes from the Cooke Islands 1.53.18 and Mark Milner (Tullamore) 1.53.34.

The two field events were very classy affairs. The javelin resulted in three seasons bests and for Ireland and Clonliffe Harriers Stephen Rice a huge PB of 75.89 which was also a national U/23 record.  The winner was Lars Timmerman (NED) 76.40, Rice was 2nd and Great Britain’s Joe Dunderdale 3rd 70.21.

Unfortunately Ireland’s World U/20 silver medallist Sommer Lecky withdrew from the event after warming up, however, there was still great performances by the remainder of the field with former NCAA champion Liz Patterson (USA) winning the event with a 1.91 jump from Ireland’s Phippa Rogan who jumped a PB of 1.83 and Canada’s Alyx Treasure 3rd in 1.80.

It was another magical Morton Meet. A huge thank you to all our sponsors for their involvement in the event, to the athletes for their performances on the night and to the large crowd in attendance and of course also to the army of volunteers throughout the build up, planning and hosting of last night’s Morton Games.  It was once again a tremendous team effort.

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Full results on www.mortongames.ie

Morton Games July 19th latest news: World 800 Champion confirmed, plus more

Boris Berian (USA) has been added to the start list of what is already a stellar field for the 800 at next week`s Morton Games.  Berian was the 2016 world indoor 800 champion in Portland, also that year he won a round of the Diamond League, the 800 at the Prefontaine Classic and was a finalist in the 2016 Olympic Games.  He has an 800 PB of 1.43.34.

He has been injured for some period of time but is now back healthy and comes to Santry for Morton Games as part of his late summer racing schedule as he prepares for next year’s season.

Also added to the starting field is Brandon Lasater (USA) an athlete who set his PB in May of this year of 1.45.86 and was a 4th place finisher at this year’s US Championships at Des Moines on June 24th.

Also confirmed is Olympic Games and World Championship semi-finalist Michael Rimmer (GBR).

Add into the mix the previously announced starters in the 800 iuncluding Ryan Gregson (AUS), Jordy Williamsz (AUS), Chris Giesting (USA) and Irish trio of Mark English (UCD), Zak Curran (DSD) and 2017 European U/20 bronze medallist John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) and it looks like this race will be one of the races of the night.

boris berian world indoor

One of the world’s top female sprinters Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel is coming to Morton Games. The Rio and London Olympian will compete in the Aon Women’s 100.  Crystal has made the semi finals in two Olympic Games at 200m. She was a finalist at last year’s World Championships in London finishing 7th in the 200 and was a Diamond League finalist last year.  She has been crowned Canadian champion on no less than 9 occasions between the 100 and 200 going back to 2011.

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See www.mortongames.ie for daily news, timetable etc. Also follow Morton Games on Twitter and visit Morton Games on Facebook.

Morton Games volunteers meeting on Tuesday

All Clonliffe volunteers and team leaders are requested to attend a briefing meeting after training on Tuesday night.

There will be a brief run through, a safety briefing and collection of accreditation and Morton Games t shirt for wearing on the big night. All are requested to be in attendance. It won`t take any more than 30 minutes!

Morton Games: Tune in and Win!

With Morton Games fast approaching, we’d highly recommend tuning into Dublin City 103.2 FM next Tuesday evening July 10th at 7pm for the “Inside Sport” show hosted by Jack McCarthy.

The show will be fully dedicated to track & field, with particular focus on the Morton Games and Irish prospects for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin next month. Jack will be joined by Morton Games Meet Director Noel Guiden and Athletics media consultant & coach Feidhlim Kelly to discuss what’s in store for the big meet in Santry on July 19th and looking ahead to Berlin. Be sure to listen in, as there’s also an opportunity to win free pairs of Morton Games tickets!

Also, check out the station’s “On the Ball” flagship sports show with host Declan Hughes on Sunday 15th July from 3pm, which will feature latest news in the build up to the Morton Games, including interviews with Irish athletes aiming for strong showings in their respective events as a key part of their preparation for Berlin.

If you’re unable to catch the shows live, then they will be available for replay and download at: https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/sets/inside-sport https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/sets/on-the-ball

Tune in and win!

Be sure to listen to the popular “Live Drive” show during your morning or evening commute later next week, where there will be further chances to win Morton Games tickets.

Dublin City Radio @ 103.2 FM  – Show details

Inside Sport “Morton Games Special” – Tuesday July 10th , 7 – 7.30pm

On the Ball  – Sunday July 15th, 3 – 5.30pm

Live Drive  – Monday to Friday, 7 – 10am and 4 – 7pm

We’d like to thank Dublin City FM for partnering with us this year, providing pre- and post-event coverage of what is shaping up to be a fantastic night of top-class international athletics on Thursday the 19th!

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Morton Games is only around the corner

The biggest night in the club calendar is now less than three weeks away: July 19th Morton Games. The push is now on. Volunteers are needed on the afternoon and night, the call is already out there. If you`ve answered the call: thank you. If you haven`t: please do so NOW. Contact Mark Dowling 0879264940) or Jeremy Chapman 0874198718. Also if you are going to a race maybe you`d give out some flyers (see Noel Guiden)

Also this is the time when we ask all club members to become a Friend of Morton Games. We are asking for donations of €100 from club members to help with the cost of the event (which is tens of thousands of Euro!). To become a Friend of Morton Games you can pay by cheque payable to Clonliffe Harriers or pay in cash. Please ensure to include your name & address. See Meet Director Noel Guiden or any Committee member.

Finally the event web site is always being updated with latest news, who`s coming to Santry and so forth so please visit http://www.mortongames.ie

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