Smyth claims 100m title

Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Back-to-back action on Tuesday and Wednesday this week kept local athletes busy.

And Jason Smyth claimed the 100m honours at Tuesday’s Mary Peters Invitational meeting in Belfast and Derry’s adopted Kenyan, Freddy Keron Sittuk, led home the field in Wednesday’s Lisnagelvin 5K.

The major Belfast meeting, staged in the presence of special athletics greats, Lord Seb Coe and Mary Peters herself was a big success.

And Eglinton’s fastest man, Jason Smyth, enjoyed the excellent running surface and the weather, to post an impressive 10.50s for a comfortable victory in the A graded 100m.

After his earlier two rain and wind affected outings in Belfast and Dublin he was delighted to get a dry, bright and windless day and produced a solid 10.50s effort to the cheers of the enthusiastic home crowd.

He will now prepare for the National Senior Championships in Dublin in late July and is hopeful of getting close to his personal best of 10.22s as the season unfolds.

Pajo Hamilton did well in the B graded 800m finishing a close up third in 1m 53.17s and he too will work to improve for the Nationals. 1,500m man, Connor Bradley was in a red hot metric mile, won in a sparkling 3m 37.18s by Australian Collis Birmingham.

Conor Unfortunate

Behind him came a lot of Irish pb’s but Connor unfortunately missed out, his 3m 45.06s 10th place finish, somewhat shy of his 3m 43s best.

The red vest was prominent for much of the distance but was swallowed up in the final 150 metres or so as Letterkenny pair, Darren McBrearty and Danny Mooney, among others drove for the line.

There was little in it, however, and the local lad will get on with his preparations for the Nationals.

Finn Valley’s Irish international pole vaulter Tori Pena set a new N.I. All Comers record of 4m 30cm in winning her event; Teenager Mark McGarvey ran in the Senior 110m Hurdles and finished fourth as Ben Reynolds set a new NI record of 13.49s.

PB for Mark

Over the higher senior hurdles Mark was pleased to post a 15.62 pb and will move on to Tullamore this weekend for the National U20 championships, and a lower set of hurdles.

Scott Rankin ran in a very competitive 3,000m , won in a swift 7m 57.80s by Victor Corales of Spain, and the Foyle Valley man was ninth in a new track pb of 8m 39.43s. An athlete learning the art of track running, Rankin will be happy with the result.

Another North West athlete Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn got a very satisfying 2m 08.88s 800m clocking and Jenny O’Brien marginally improved her 400m outdoor pb to 59.73s in the Women’s one lapper.