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Everard runs 800m Euro Indoor time
01 Feb 2015 17:05
Irish Indoor record holder Ciara Everard (UCD AC) ran inside the required qualification standard of 2:03.50 for the European Athletics Indoor championships when winning the 800m at the GloHealth AAI Games in 2:03.39 from Suzanne Voorrips of the Netherlands in 2:09.06.
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Everard's fellow UCD clubmate Aislinn Crossey was third 2:09.76.
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Everard, who is coached by James Nolan, was brought through the first 400m by pacemaker Aisling Drumgoole in just under 60 seconds.
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The Kilkenny woman powered through the final two laps to dip under the qualification standard for the European Indoor Championships, which take place in Prague from 6-8 March.
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Everard was a finalist at the last European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg 2013.
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Everard, who is set to compete in the IFAM Indoor Games in Gent, Belgium, next weekend was in upbeat mood after the race saying: “I am absolutely delighted to get the qualification standard, I’m feeling strong, and I’ve had a good winter behind me this year.
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“I'm working now with Martina McCarthy [on strength and conditioning] with Athletics Ireland and the institute [Irish Institute of Sport]. That has made a massive difference, I owe her a lot of credit.”
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