Jun 1, 2011 [Noel Guiden] A number of outstanding performances from Clonliffe athletes at tonight`s Dublin Graded Meet at the Irishtown Stadium in particular from Ian Guiden, Andrew Jenkinson and Snezana Bechtina. First Clonliffe athlete in action was Stuart Roche finishing 5th in the A 100 in 11.78. Next up was Snezana Bechtina running into unchartered territory as she stepped up to the two lapper, the 800m double her recent distances, in fact only of late has Snezana left the 200 behind. With an opening lap of 63 seconds she falter a little at 500 to 700 but looked composed as she finished in 2.22.25, an excellent start to her middle distance career.
A good battle in the B 800 between Laurna Begley and Orna McGinley in the B race with the two Clonliffe girls running shoulder to shoulder around the final bend with Laurna kicking hardest to finish 2nd in 2.27.24 chased home by Orna 3rd in 2.29.33.
In the 800m races Andrew Jenkinson continues to improve and make excellent progress knocking a massive two seconds off his PB to run a most impressive 1.56.84, after a 57 second opening lap and finishing 5th. A tired and unwell Fintan Doherty looked jaded at the bell in 61 seconds and finished up running 2.02.92, well off where he ought to be but a day spent ill in bed is not the best preparation for an 800. Once again Philip O`Doherty ran well after some a lot of heavy training running 2.12.18, much better than his last outing.
Dave Donegan was our only field eventer tonight as he won the pole vault with a best of 4.50m.
The athlete formerly known as Ailish McDermott, Ailish Malone, impressed in the 3,000m finishing 2nd in a fast 10.33.59. Young Laura Brennan ran a PB in this race 11.51.09.
Finally in the men`s A 3,000 Ian Guiden ran the race of his 17 years as he mixed it with seasoned senior athletes reeling off 69/70 second laps to record a time of 8.43.33 in finishing an excellent 7th. This was a PB by an unbelieveable 35 seconds set six weeks ago and was only some 3.33 seconds off the European Youth Olympic QT. Johnny Bradley Ward found the pace too hot to handle in this race as he was cut adrift finishing at the back of the pack in 10.20.52.
Next Dublin Athletes meet is the Dublin Open track and field in the Morton Stadium on Saturday June 11th.