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Brown sets new pole vault record

Updated: Monday, 23 Feb 2009 16:24

Zoe Brown set a new Irish pole vault record on Sunday
Zoe Brown set a new Irish pole vault record on Sunday

Zoe Brown has broken the Irish pole vault record for a third weekend in a row, clearing 4.20m on Sunday, while winning the Celtic Cup in Cardiff.

This height is a qualifying standard for Turin and improves on Brown's performance last weekend when she placed third with an Irish Record of 4.05 meters in the Aviva UK Championships.

Ferrybank's talented crop of young and emerging athletes performed well again this weekend in Cardiff. Sprinter Niamh Whelan won the Junior Women's 60m Final with a personal best of 7.49 seconds.

Club mate Kelly Proper completed a double winning both the senior women's 60m final in 7.58 seconds and the Long Jump in 6.16m. Billy Ryan won the junior men's 400m in 49.47 seconds
In the women's 400m final, Turin bound Marian Andrews (Togher A.C) won in 54.89 seconds.

There was also wins for National Indoor Champion Alan O'Brien of Crusaders in the 1500m (3:49.73) and Chris Crowley of Belgooly A.C in Men's High Jump (2.13m).

Ireland also performed well in the 800m with wins for Kilkenny's Ciara Everard in 2:10.69 and David McCarty (Le Cheile AC) in the Guest 800m Final in 1:49.12.

The Senior and Junior Triple Jumps were won by Irish Athletes; Mary McLoone – 12.54m and Irish Junior Record Holder Caoimhe King – 11.75m.

The Women's 4x400m Relay team that will compete in Turin won the relay in 3:42.35.

At the Aviva IAAF Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, Paul Hession failed to make the 60m Final placing fourth in the heats although his time of 6.70 seconds was just one hundredth off his Season's Best.

Derval O'Rourke finished sixth in the 60m Hurdles Final with a time of 8.12 seconds.

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