Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dublin to host pre-Olympics meeting next month

This caught my eye this morning. Don't know if you just turn up on the day but a reallt great way to see olympic contenders right here on our doorstep.
Ciaran O’Lionaird who the mile last year in under four minutes for the first time at Morton Stadium.http://www.irishexaminer.com/
Morton Stadium in Santry, Co. Dublin, will host a pre-Olympic Games International track and Field Meet on Wednesday 25 July. It follows the recent news that Athletics Ireland’s bid to host the European Team Track and Field Championship in 2013 has been successful.

Minister for Sport, Michael Ring said: "The event will be the premier track and field meet in Dublin this year and will provide a great opportunity for the Irish public to see some of our Olympians and Paralympians in action. It’s also an excellent send-off for everyone competing at the London Games. "

The Morton Pre-Games is expected to attract upwards of 150 athletes for a full programme of track and field. In addition to the Morton Mile, events include men and women’s 100m, men’s 400m hurdles, top class 800m races for men and women, the Albie Thomas 3,000m, pole vault, long jump and more.

The event organisers have already received expressions of interest to take part from athletes from countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Latvia, Jamaica, the UK as well as Ireland. Last year’s feature Morton Mile resulted in seven athletes running the mile under the four minute barrier, led by US athlete Jordan McNamara and including Cork’s Ciaran O’Lionaird who went sub-four for the first time.

Ciaran O’Lionaird will compete for Ireland in this year’s London Olympics in the 1500m.

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