Records Broken in Night of International Athletics at the AIT Grand Prix
The fourth annual AIT International Grand Prix was a spectacular event on Wednesday the 15th of February. As always the ten events on
The Irish contingent competed admirably with solid performances and with notable success in the women’s 1500m where Ciara Mageean and Kerry O’Flaherty both dipped under the required Athletics Ireland European qualifying time.
Meet Director, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, said
60m Hurdles – Women
Former Olympic champion Sally Pearson AUS was beaten into third place by winner Christina
60m – Women
The women’s 60m was won by Lekeisha Lawson USA in a rapid time of 7.20 seconds which was only eight hundreds of a second outside of Barbara Pierre stadium record which was set in 2016. Ghanian Flings
AITs Grace Lawlor and Vicky Harris both reached the final and will have gained invaluable experience at this level.
Long Jump – Women
British long jumper Lorraine Ugen claimed the long jump prize with steady progressions before topping off at 6.54m. Chantel Malone from the British Virgin Islands finished second with a jump of 6.40m. Milena Mitkova BUL and Malin Marmbrandt SWE rounded out the top four places with jumps of 6.18m and 6.14m respectively.
60m – Men
D’Angelo Cherry returned to defend his 2016 title at his ‘favourite European track’ but pulled a quad muscle in the final meters to finish third in 6.69. Sean Safo-Antwi GHA broke Cherry’s stadium record of 6.58 by bringing the mark down to 6.56.
2016 World bronze medallist Ramon Gittens was second in 6.60.
High Jump – Men
One of the most exciting events of the night was the men’s high jump. While the event never reached the standard of 2015 when Mutaz Barshim broke the Asian record with a jump of 2.41m, Jamal Wilson of the Bahamas lifted the crowd with some very solid jumping. He topped out with an event
1500m – Women
The very strong women’s 1500m field was blitzed by Romanian Claudia Bobocea who set all comers and stadium records with a run of 4.08.19, this is also a new personal best and Romanian national record. The highly fancied Australian Zoe Buckman edged Briton Sarah McDonald into third place with a time of 4.11.18.
Ciara Mageean ran a brave time of 4.12.46.
800m – Women
Former world medallist Melissa Bishop was at AIT to defend her title, she won in 2016. Indeed she ran her indoor PB of 2.00.19 in Athlone and claimed 1st place again in the 2017 AIT International Grand Prix. She may be a little disappointed with her winning time of 2.01.42 but this is still clearly world class running.
Latvian Liga Velvere LAT ran a PB of 2.02.18 to come second ahead of Stina
600m – Men
The much vaunted Erik Sowinski USA was pipped on the line by a fast finishing Kyle Langford GB. Langford posted all comers and stadium records in this irregular distance race with a finishing time of 1.16.10 which was five hundreds of a second faster than Sowinski.
Polish athlete Arthur Kuciapski was third in 1.16.77. Irish man Niall Touhy rounded out the field in 1.18.35.
400m – Men
Returning athlete Sebastian Rodger was the winner of the men’s 400m in a time of 46.57 seconds, this time was half a second slower than Pavel Maslak’s and Brian
A close second was Patrik
Mile – Men
The men’s mile is always a
John Travers, Paul Robinson and Eoin Everard faired best of the Irish in a blanket finish between the three of them finishing 4.02.54, 4.02.77, 4.02.83 respectively.
We are still awaiting for the first Irish man to run sub 4 minutes for the mile indoor in Ireland.