A true legend return to Santry this weekend. Kip Keino winner of Olympic Gold and Silver medals in Successive Olypmics 1968 and 1972 was back in the Morton Stadium for today`s One Race Human Race, Africa Week Sports. In addition Kip was a guest of Clonliffe Harriers last night in the club lounge for “An evening with Kip Keino” presented by Frank Greally. It was a great night in Clonliffe with Frank Greally taking us back to those fantastic late 60s and early 70s for Kip to relate his memories and stories. It was also wonderful to hear of his days in Santry where he raced on three occasions and was the winner of the very first Morton Memorial Mile in 1970. Sharing the memories of those Santry races were fellow competitors Frank Murphy, Paddy Marley and Brian Geraghty. A special presentation was made to the Kenyan legend by club President Paddy Marley and European 1500m silver medalist Frank Murphy. Kip stayed signing autographs and posing for photographs until everyone who wanted their picture with the great man was satisfied, a great night enjoyed by the large attendance in the clubhouse.
Today saw Clonliffe Harriers play our part in the Africa Week Sports hosting the day`s athletics. Kip Keino was in attendance for the entire day and was a charming, indeed humble man, more than happy to sign autographs and stand in for photographs for anyone and everyone, he had time and words of encouragement for all. The young Clonliffe athletes were all thrilled to meet one of the true legends of athletics.
On the track our athletes were clearly inspired with some great runs in an event held on the best day of Summer, an absolute sizzler. Highlights from the black and amber included: U/10 girls 60m 2nd Sally Sumola, U/10 600m 1st Ella Bergin, U/12 girls 100m 1st Hope Sumola, 2nd Rebecca Fitzsimons U/12 600m 1st Hope Sumola, U/14 girls 100 1st Lauren Carr, U/14 800m 1st Ruth Bergin, 2nd Lauren Carr, U/12 boys 600m 1st David Tuite, U/14 800m 2nd Fintan McManus, 3rd Luke Guy, U/16 girls 800m 1st Laura Tuite, 2nd Sally Aherne, 3rd Amy McGrath and U/16 boys 800m 1st Cathal Doyle. In the senior events the only race on the card was the 100 where there was a Clonliffe women and mens double from Snezana Bechtina and Israel Ibeanu.
To view the Africa Day 2012 Athletics Results please click on the link below: