Monday, August 18, 2008

The first white man... from Galway to qualify for the semi finals

Thank God for Paul Hession. Single handedly he's lifted the mood in Irish athletics after a bad Sunday and an equally bad morning seeing David Gillick fail to qualify from his heats and Eileen O'Keefe fail in her qualifiers. A good heat and then a better quater finals saw him set a seasons best, only .02 of a second off his national record, and qualify for tomorrow's 200m semi finals. Better news is that by finishing 7th fastest of all quater finalists he's got himself an inside lane for the semis and is not in the same heat as Usain Bolt with four runners to qualify.

Has an athlete ever won the Pole Vault with only 2 jumps before? Yelena Isinbayeva *swoon* cleared both 4.70m and 4.85m on first attempts to win the pole vault "competition". Then she set an Olympic record and finally a new world record after the competition was over.

Roisin McGettigan's performance on Friday was the main motivation behind my training session that evening. Tonight it looks like it'll be the Athenry man's sprinting that will be the main source this evening. Although sprinters get to train on indoor tracks when it's shitting down with rain outside... yes, yes, I know... I'm talking about how crap the weather is again...
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