Paul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) set a new Irish U23 1500m record with a stunning end of season performance in Rieti, Italy, today.

Robinson ran a time of 3:35.22 to break the 20-year-old record held by Niall Bruton which stood at 3:37.16.

The field was of the highest quality with the first nine athletes in the race either running seasonal or personal bests.

The race was won by Silas Kiplagat of Kenya in a time of 3:30.13, with Robinson battling all the way to the line to finish in eighth place.

2013 has been a breakthrough year for Robinson, setting personal bests over both the 800m and 1500m, finishing fourth in the European U23 Championships 1500m final and representing Ireland at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.

Both Laura Crowe (An Riocht AC) and Mark English (UCD AC) were also in action in Rieti and recorded impressive results over 800m.

Crowe has had a breakthrough year in 2013 and was looking to end the season on a high with an 800m personal best the target.

The early pace was blistering with the leading athletes going through the bell in under 58 seconds.

Crowe maintained her composure and finished strongly to finish in sixth place in a new personal best of 2:00.93. The time also moves Crowe to number four on the Irish all-time lists.

English was the last of the Irish in action as he was gunning to break the Irish 800m record of 1:44.82.

He had previously run 1:44.84 at the Diamond League meeting in London on the 26 July to just miss out on David Mathews' Irish record.

The American athlete Brandon Johnson brought the field through the 600m point; however, it was Balla of Qatar who stormed to victory in a new national record of 1:43.93.

English battled all the way to the line to record a time of 1.44.89 for fourth place, his second fastest ever time over 800m.