Australian Abdi Yousef wins the Morton Mile

Australian Abdi Yousef won the Morton Mile, the feature race at the 6th Dublin International Games held at the Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday the 30th of July in a time of 4:01.12.

There was an international field assembled by the Club, the promoters of the Morton Mile, including Helsinki bound athletes from the USA, Australia, Italy, Wales and Ireland.

The eleven starters were led away by the designated pace maker who took the field through the first lap in 59 seconds and completed his task by taking them through the half way mark at 2 minutes dead. At this stage eventual winner Yousef took the lead however, all ten athletes were still together and could have been covered by the proverbial blanket, they took the bell in 3:05 and at this stage European Junior 1500M Champion Colin Costello hit the front however try as he could he could not get rid of the Aussie and Yousef again hit the front with 200M to go with James Nolan sitting on his shoulder, whilst the crowd waited for Nolan to hit the front Yousef kicked again and held his advantage down the final straight to win the Morton Mile, just outside of the 4 minute mark, in 4:01.12 from USA’s Luke Watson in 4:01.2 and Ireland’s James Nolan third in 4:01.36.

Fourth was Mark Christie, fifth James Thie from Wales and sixth after a very brave run in a new National Junior Record Colin Costello 4:01.82.

The winner was presented with the Billy Morton Cup by main race sponsor Noel Daly of Commercial Hygiene Services.