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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.

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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

Looking for friends!

Morton Games is now only around the corner. Next month, July 19th. The Club and our partners are currently working extremely hard to bring the best athletes available to compete against Ireland`s best in our back yard.

International events. Women: 100, 400, 800, 1500, High Jump. Men: 100, 400, 800, The Morton Mile, Albie Thomas 5000, Javelin.

This is a costly event to host, it basically runs on a break even basis, what we have we spend on the athletes. No one working on the meet gets paid a single cent…not even a free post event pint!

So this is where you our club members come in. Please become a “Friend of Morton Games”, the cost is €100. In return your name will appear on the event web site http://www.mortongames.ie  and in the event programme, plus you will receive 2 event tickets. Please contact us by e mail friendsmortongames@Hotmail.com or see Noel Guiden, Joe Cooper or Paddy Marley payments by cheque payable to Clonliffe Harriers or in cash.

If you are feeling very generous we are seeking sponsors. If interested talk to Noel Guiden or contact mortongames@Hotmail.com

Finally do visit http://www.mortongames.ie regularly for updates.

Friends of Morton Games launched

“Friends of Morton Games 2018” has just been launched. This is the opportunity for members of Clonliffe Harriers and friends of Irish Athletics to once again become a benefactor to Dublin`s only International Track & Field Meet and to play a part in putting on a World class meet in Morton Stadium on July 19th.

Morton Games appeals to Club members to become a friend of Morton Games. All friends of Morton Games in consideration of a donation of €100. will have their names appear on the event website and will also receive in advance of the Meet two complimentary tickets for the Morton Games. Of course being never shy in refusing generosity donations exceeding €100 will also be accepted! We will be delighted to hear from individuals, clubs and corporate entities willing to become a “Friend of Morton Games”

All funds raised go directly into the Meet and in particular will assist the Meet with the provision of live streaming around the world and will also assist with other expenses which arise.  Please note that all the officials and people involved in Morton Games carry out their work on an entirely voluntary basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Morton Games please email friendsmortongames@hotmail.com with your name, details and the amount of your donation and you will then receive details of the bank account into which your donation can be lodged.  Needless to say cheques and cash will also be gratefully accepted!

If you`ve attended past Morton Games you will appreciate the work that is required and the cost involved in putting this meet together. If you like what you`ve seen in the past and would like to see that repeated please consider becoming a “Friend of Morton Games”.

Now that Winter is over!!

With Winter now behind us (don`t look out the window!) thoughts turn to the Summer and the Track & Field season. So here`s your early notice: Thursday July 19th, Morton Stadium, Santry The Morton Games, International Athletics. Start spreading the news! Keep an eye on

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Morton Games highlights show Thursday 19th

For those who may have missed the highlights broadcast of this year`s Morton Games on Eurosports there`s another opportunity. Eir Sports and Premier Sports will be showing the same package on Thursday the 17th at 1.00pm.

Another magical Morton Games

Morton Games last night proved to be another superb night of athletics in Santry. Throughout the course of the day the weather was exceptionally kind, a bright sunny day, at times cloudy but overall an excellent night for athletics.  Although the wind did pick up a little on occasions this on the whole did not deter the athletes with tremendously exciting races all round.

There were three outstanding highlights.

In the Loki Sports 400 local hero Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) lined up as pre race favourite, with the World Championship qualifying time already bagged it meant that Brian could simply focus on racing and running fast without the burden of having to run fast. The result – Grehan ran his fastest ever time! At the top bend Gregan was sitting in maybe 3rd place, however, he simply stepped on the gas to power down the home straight and by the finish was yards in front of his pursuers.  Gregan was naturally enough ecstatic with his time of 45.26 which was a new Meet record, a personal best and a Clonliffe Harriers club record.  2nd place was Anderson Henriques (BRA) 45.51 with the multi decorated head band wearing Conrad Williams (GBR) 3rd in 46.78.

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The decision of the organisers to change the Albie Thomas Memorial from a 3000 to 5000 paid off in spades. This race really attracted the attention of the international athletes who came to Dublin chasing the world qualifying mark of 13.22.5.  The pace making in the 5000 was superb with the two pacers hitting the mark within a single second of the pre-arranged pace.  With the field strung out behind as the second pacer pulled out at 3000 big Collis Birmingham (AUS) led the train with his Aussie teammate Stewart McSweyn latching onto his tail.  These two dropped the rest of the field although Great Britain’s Ben Conor, the English national cross country champion, seemed to get stronger as the race progressed and he looked to be the only athlete from the chasing pack who might have got up with the Aussie pair.  With 350 to go McSwyn struck and then powered down the back straight at the finish line the clock showed a time of 13.19.98.  This was not only a Meet record, it also consigned to history the 30 plus year old stadium record of Eamon Coghlan (interesting to see that the first pacer was Eamon’s son John Coghlan!), from McSweyn’s point of view more importantly it was a PB by a massive 15 seconds and was a world qualifying time.  11 athletes broke 14 minutes.

The other outstanding highlight of the Meet came right at the very end, the iconic Morton Mile, sponsored by Behan & Associates and Commercial Hygiene Services. The 16 athletes in this field were well and truly stubbed?? up and it proved to be an outstanding race.  In addition to it being an outstanding race it was also a fast race, although the pack were a little tentative in taking up the early pace, at 800 they were well and truly on it. Once again, as has become a feature of this Morton Mile, with 200 to go it could have been anyone’s race, at the line and making it an Irish double was Robert Domanic (USA) in 3.55.71 followed by up and coming Aussie in a new PB of 3.55.79 Morgan McDonald and also running a PB the USA’s Sam Prakel, 3.56.55.

If we thought last year’s feat of 11 sub 4 minute miles was one never to be beaten it lasted precisely 12 months as Peter Callanan (BEL) was the final sub 4 minute on the night – 3.58.86 – in 12th place.  An unbelievable dozen sub 4 minute miles in the Morton Mile!

In addition to Sam Prakel running his first outdoor sub 4 likewise Tom Marshall (GBR) did the same – 3.58.31 and Ireland’s Sean Tobin joined the Irish sub 4 team with an outstanding 3.58.70. Letterkenny A.C.’s Danny Mooney was tantalisingly close, once again 4.00.12 with Kieran Kelly likewise within touching distance 4.00.70.

In between all of this there was the small matter of the Marathon Mission Women’s 800 again a race which was extremely competitive, there were several athletes chasing that elusive sub 2 including Ireland’s Ciara Mageean, at the finish in a time of 2.01.53 Adelle Tracey (GBR) crossed the line first closely followed by Angie Petty (NZL) and Mageean in 3rd.

It was clear from the starters gun in the Muscle Clinic Men’s 800 that the athletes were more concerned with racing than with chasing the pacemaker. Again it was a stunning race, coming down the home straight it could have been anyone’s and at the line the win was taken by Kyle Langford (GBR) successfully defending the title he won in 2016 in a time of 1.46.98, Jesse Garn (USA) was 2nd 1.47.26 with Anthonio Mascoll 3rd 1.47.33.

The other change made by the organisers was changing the Women’s Mile to a Women’s 1500 particularly with world qualifying mark of 4.07.5 in mind. The result was win for Alexa Efraimson (USA) 4.06.73, Melissa Courtney (GBR) was 2nd 4.07.02 with Sweden’s Linn Nilsson 3rd 4.08.47.

The two short sprint events were pretty sensational, Great Britain visitor Margaret Adeoye just got past Ireland’s Phil Healy with maybe ten metres to go Adeoye winning in 23.78 with Healy 2nd 23.95 and Amy Foster (IRL) 3rd in 23.96.

Former American footballer Jeff Demps (USA) led a US 1, 2 in the 100 in a time of 10.38, Sean McClean was 2nd in an identical time with former stadium record holder Warren Fraser (BAH) 3rd in 10.54.

The Men’s 400 hurdles had got the international section of the Meet off to a great start. It was a really tightly matched affair which was won by Alfredo Sepulveda, the first athlete from Chile to take part in this Meet, in a time of 49.98.  United States multi-eventer Curtis Beach was 2nd in 50.20 with Cameron French (NZL) 3rd in 50.55.

In the field events Jade Lally (GBR) was a comfortable winner of the discus some 5 and a half metres ahead of the field winning with a best throw of 58.19m, Claire Fitzgerald (IRL) was 2nd 52.32 with Phoebe Dawson 3rd 49.23.

The Pole Vault competition was won by Latvian visitor Mareks Arents with a best of 5.50, 2nd was Jack Phipps (GBR) 5.10 and 3rd was Luke Cutts 5.00.

And so the curtain comes down on the 2017 Morton Games, it was an extremely exciting night and one that will long live in the memory – the roar of the crowd as Gregan came off that top bend, the sheer effort of the 5000 metre runners and the speed over those final four laps was awesome and then of course the Morton Mile itself with 12 sub 4s – magical!

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