Brian Gregan won a top quality men’s 400m while Thomas Barr sealed his sixth 400m hurdles title at an engaging GloHealth National Senior Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium.
Clonliffe Harrier Gregan proved his mettle by delivering a big season’s best of 46.28secs to win the title in the final metres.
Craig Lynch (Shercock) ran a personal best in second with 46.40, just holding off a fast finishing David Gillick (DSD) who ran 46.44. The first four men ran a European B standard with Richard Morrissey (Crusaders) clocking in at 46.68.
Barr has been battling back to fitness and made his season debut in the heats on Saturday, running 52.03secs, and the Ferrybank athlete improved considerably in the final to win his sixth national title.
“All I need is races,” said Barr, who confirmed he will run in the European Athletics Championships from 6-10 July, with the full team due to be announced tomorrow.
“I improved two seconds from the heats to the final and I hope I can keep going that way.”
Jason Harvey (Crusaders) finished strongly for silver with Ben Kiely (Ferrybank) nabbing the bronze.
Elsewhere, Mark English (UCD) bagged his fourth national 800m title in 1:51.48, but will skip the Europeans to work on his fitness for the Olympics.
“I’m happy with that and now I’ll get working towards Rio,” said English. Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers) was second in 1:51.70 with Karl Griffin (UCD) third.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) dominated the women’s 800m ,passing through 400m in 58 seconds to win in 2:04.72 ahead of Louise Shanahan (Leevale) and Alanna Lally (UCD).
Sinead Denny (DSD) showed her battling qualities to win the women’s 400m in 53.64 to hold off Phil Healy (Bandon) and Ciara McCallion (Clonliffe Harriers).
Jason Smyth (Derry City) and Amy Foster were the fastest over 100m running 10.71 and 11.83 respectively, while Ben Reynolds (North Down) went into the championships in search of a European B qualifier of 13.90 in the 110m Hurdles and he duly delivered with a victory in 13.89.
Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) bagged three gold medals and one silver in the throws. He won the shot put, 56lbs weight for height and the 56lbs weight for distance, and took silver in the discus with 51.18m.
Marco Pons (DMP) won the discus with 53.22m, while Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) won double gold in the women’s discus and shot put .
Sommer Lecky won the high jump at the Tailteann Games on Saturday and returned to win the senior high jump on Sunday with 1.71m. Jaime Murtagh (Cushinstown) caused a surprise in the men’s high jump with a jump of 2.10m taking victory ahead of Barry Pender (St Abban’s).
Michelle Finn (Leevale) impressed in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase to win in 9:46.81 with Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle) having to settle for second in 9:58.81 – both are bound for Rio in the chase.
John Travers (Donore Harriers) and Ciara Mageean (UCD) won their respective 1500m in tactical fashion. Travers sprinted to victory against Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers), while Mageean bided her time before comfortably beating last year’s champion Sara Treacy (Dunboyne) into second. The Portaferry woman will now go on to the European Championships.
Alex Wright (Leevale) won the men’s 10,000m race walk, while Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) and Lily-Ann O’Hora (Dooneen) celebrated wins in the men’s 5,000m and women's 100m hurdles respectively.