Thursday, 19 July 2012

Bradley Romps Home in Antrim

Conor Bradley -143

Despite yesterday's breezy conditions the large crowd at the Antrim Forum were entertained with an evening of high class athletics at the Brian Downing Memorial International Meet. In the men's 800m  A race Abdulrahman Musaeb of Quatar broke the tape in 1.47.45, ( a new track record), ahead of Mohamed Ahmed of Egypt 1.47.97, with Sale Harriers' Niall Brooks taking third place on the podium. The Quatarian kept close order to the pacemaker over the first lap and maintained his momentum to the finish line. In the B 800 North West interest was provided by Pajo Hamilton. The City of Derry Athlete ran a fast finishing 1.54.53, coming home third behind Lagan Valley's Patrick Monaghan (1.54.02) and Mark Hoy of Finn Valley (1.54.22).

In the men's 1500m pre-race favourite Dave Proctor of Sale Harriers took on the pace from the gun. Coached by Norman Poole this sub four minute miler has pb's of 1.48.96 for 800m and 3.41.5 for the metric mile. This pedigree did not however pose any fears for City of Derry's Conor Bradley who tracked Proctor from the off. A worried backward glance from Proctor in the home straight was all the encouragement that Bradley needed as he started his charge for the line. Proctor was unable to respond to Bradley's acceleration and the Derry athlete crossed the line in 3.51.02 with the Sale runner timed at  3.51.73. This was a perfectly executed race by the maturing Bradley who will continue his season at the Morton Mile Meeting in Dublin next Wednesday.

In the men's 3000m Ayanteh Souileman  from Djbouti proved to be too strong for the rest of the field and finished some twenty seven seconds in front of the second placed runner in a time of 8.17.29. City of Derry's J P Williamson came home fourth in 8.48.92 with club mate Richard Johnson crossing the line in 9.05.72. Letterkenny's Pauric McKinney (m 45) looked tired as he crossed the line in what for him will be a disappointing 9.22.94 (8th).

Other City of Derry runners to catch the eye during the course of the evening included Amy Jackson who took control of the under 17 Girls 800m from the off and finished with a time of 2.18.54. Her team mate Amy McDaid came home fourth in the same race whilst her training partner Tamara Boyle ran 61.94 (5th place) in the Women's 400m which was won by Kineke Alexander of St Vincent & Grenadines in 54.32. Diarmaid Doherty ran 2.11.82 in the u17 men's 800 to give him a well earned third place.

Full Results may be found at:

Antrim Forum 18 th July 2012

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