National Indoor Championship Day 1

This weekend the Irish life national senior indoor championships take place at the NIA Abbottstown. It promises to be a top-class weekend of athletics which will include substantial Clonliffe interest. Clonliffe athletes entered this weekend include Efrem Gidey in the 3000, in the 400 Brian Gregan, Marcus Lawler (also entered and 200), François Coroller and Luke Lennon – Ford, Leo Morgan in the 60, Leah Bergin in the sprints and Keith Marks in the long jump.

The aim is to bring you the Clonliffe results as they happen in Abbottstown and this posting will be therefore updated as the weekend progresses.

Saturday: first into the fray was Natalia Gill 5th in her 200 heat 32.09. Leah Bergin 3rd in her’s 26.13. Marcus Lawler won his 200 heat in 21.05 and will go in the final later today. In the 60h Rolus Olusa ran 8.42 3rd and qualfied for the final (unfortunately an injury concern has ruled him out of the final) A very off colour Efrem Gidey was 10th in the 3000 (8.27.78). Keith Marks was just out of the medals in 4th with a 7.11 best. In the 800 Elie Nayrand ran a 1.56.31 pb.

Marcus Lawler took silver in the 200 final in 21.06 behind Robert McDonnell (GCH) 20.86

400s: Leah Bergin was back in the afternoon finishing 3rd in her heat in 58.37. The men’s 400s had considerable Clonliffe interest: heat 1 François Coroller placed 2nd in heat 1 49.68. Brian Gregan was back in a national championships for the first time in several years winning his heat in 47.69. Heat 4 saw Luke Lennon Ford win in 48.71, both Brian and Luke qualifying for the final tomorrow.

More tomorrow.