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Athlete Of The Month- July

Published On: 21 Aug 2018

Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) is the Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of July. At the national senior track and field championships in Santry Michelle won the 3000m steeplechase in a championship best time of 9:46.19. This time also secured Michelles’s place on the Irish team for the European championships in Berlin.

The ceremony was held at the newly refurbished facilities The River Lee Hotel.  The Award is jointly sponsored by The Evening Echo, Cork’s 96FM & C103 and The River Lee

L to R., Michael O’Connell CCS,Terry O’Rourke CCS, Kieran McGeary CEO Cork 96FM C103, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Michelle Finn, Leevale A.C. Athlete of the Month for July, Janice Casey, Events Manager, The River Lee ,John Calanan, Vice President Leevale AC, Frank Walley, President CCS and Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS. Shay Curtin CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Athlete Of The Month – June

Published On: 30 Jul 2018

The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month of June goes to Dean Cronin (Blarney/Inniscarra AC). On the 2nd of June in Nashville Dean ran 1:46.67 in the 800m setting a personal best and also securing a European Championship A qualifying standard for that event. This time also puts him 11th on the Irish All-Time list and he heads the Irish 800m rankings this year. Dean had a stellar breakthrough season this year winning the silver medal in the 800m at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division 2 American championships.

The Cork City Sorts Athlete Of The Month  award is sponsored by River Hotel, Cork’s 96FM & C103FM and The Evening Echo. 

 

L to R., Liam O’Brien CCS, Shay Curtin CCS, Tony O’Connell CCS, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee Hotel, Elaine Fitzgerald, Cork 96FM, Joe Hartnett CCS and Terry O’Rourke CCS. Picture. M.Collins.

The 67th Cork City Sports, A Classic

Published On: 17 Jul 2018

 

And so the curtain falls on the 67th Cork City Sports, an event that many commentators are saying was one of the best since the 1980’s. The standard of international competition was exceptionally high with elements of local and national interest thrown in for good measure.

The biggest story of the night was when local athlete Phil Healy from Bandon went toe to toe with some of the best in the world and put on an amazing performance by setting a new Irish record and becoming the first Irish female athlete to break 23.00 secs in the womens 200M. Phil finished second in the 100M and third in the 200M in some of the finest international fields ever assembled on Irish soil. She can now look forward to the European Championships next month with a real chance of making a final and possibly a medal.
 
Crystal Emmanuel CAN dominated the womens sprints taking both the 100M and 200M in world class times of 11.25 and 22.75. Crystal has won the 200M two years running and is one of the best female sprinters in the world.
 
Another local interest story was the performance of Sophie O Sullivan in the junior 1500M. Sophie showed real guts in taking the title from a determined Stephanie Cotter in a time of 4.22.22.
 
In the mens sprints Marcus Lawler was superb in finishing second in the 200M with a new personal best of 20.40 taking him from fifth to second place on the Irish all time list, only one tenth of a second behind Paul Hession.
 
 
In the mens sprints Emile Erasmus RSA came tantalizingly close to the 10 second barrier winning the 100M in 10.14 so near to the meeting record of 10.12. Rasheed Dwyer took second place and Winston George third. Sydney Siame ZAM was supreme in the 200M setting a new meeting record of 20.18 from Irelands Marcus Lawler and a stellar field.
 
The womens 800M saw Laura Roesler defend the title she won last year from a large field. The mens 800M was a tremendous race and was one of the fastest 800M races ever run in this country. It was won  by Ryan Sanchez PUR in an incredibly fast time of 1.45.73. A time worthy of any Diamond League race. This was the performance of the meeting gaining Sanchez the John O Jagoe trophy for “Athlete of the Meeting”.
 
In the field events both Chuk Enekwechi  USA in the shot putt and Ida Storm SWE in the hammer retained their titles from last year. Enekwechi  won from Canadian champion Tim  Nedow and Storm won from fellow Swedish athlete Treacy Anderson.
 
The final event of the night was the mile and it was another record breaker with ten athletes breaking the magical 4 minute barrier. The race was won by defending champion Sam Prakel USA in 3.56.09 from Drew Piazza USA and Sam McEntee AUS. Several athletes broke the 4 minutes for the first time in the race including Corey Bellemore CAN and Jamie Williamson GER.
 
All involved with the event are proud of the performances put on by the athletes at this years meeting. The international reputation of the Cork City Sports has definitely been enhanced by this years performances.
 
 

Phil Healy Breaks Irish 200m Record At Cork City Sports

Published On: 17 Jul 2018

Phil Healy’s tremendous summer of record-breaking has continued by smashing the long-standing Irish women’s 200m record at her home Cork City Sports – and Marcus Lawler almost did the same in the men’s equivalent. Healy became the first Irishwoman to dip under 23 seconds over the half-lap distance by clocking 22.99 in finishing third at CIT.

Phil Healy of Ireland on her way to setting a new Irish record of 22.99sec in the Evros Women’s 200m race

After setting a new 100m record last month at the Morton Stadium, the Bandon AC athlete enthused the Leeside crowd by breaking the 17-year-old 200m mark of 23.02 set by Sarah Reilly at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel defended her Cork crown by winning in 22.75 seconds, with Joanna Atkins of the USA second in 22.90.
“Absolutely amazing!” Healy declared after her race, adding: “That’s my second national record in a few weeks. “22.99 – dipping under 23 seconds even though there was a  headwind on the bend. I’m absolutely thrilled to finally get the time!  “To turn around and see everyone standing on home soil, Cork turf, is absolutely brilliant.”

Healy had earlier come two-hundredths of second away from her month-old 100m record by streaking to 11.30, finishing again behind Emmanuel in second in the shorter sprint.
Marcus Lawler took a whopping 0.31 seconds off his lifetime best to leap from fifth to second on the all-time Irish list in the men’s 200. The Carlow sprinter recorded an impressive time of 20.40 seconds – only Paul Hession is faster in Irish history, with a 20.30 set in Dublin eleven years ago at the National Championships.
Lawler’s previous best this season was 20.75, but tested Zambia’s young prospect Sidney Siame in Cork tonight, who needed a lifetime best of 20.18 to make sure of victory. 

Marcus Lawler of Ireland leads the field in the Cork Airport 200m Men’s 200m race

The St Laurence O’Toole athlete felt his new milestone was going to happen sometime: “It’s a long time coming to be honest. I’ve been knocking on the door of the 20.5s. “I ran a 20.4 illegally last year, so finally I got a legal 20.40, and I’m delighted. It’s brilliant. We fly around Europe trying to get races abroad with good conditions and good competition, but Cork – and everyone that organised Cork today – brought them to Ireland. That all helps.”
Elsewhere, American Sam Prekel successfully defended his men’s mile crown by winning in 3:58.59 ahead of compatriot Drew Piazza.

Emile Erasmus set a new Irish all-comers 100m record with a mark of 10.14, erasing the marks of Linford Christie, Dennis Mitchell and Olapade Adeniken, who had all clocked 10.17 at the Mary Peters Stadium in the late eighties.
European U18 silver-medalist Sophie O’Sullivan delighted her watching parents, former world champion Sonia O’Sullivan and top coach Nic Bideau, by holding off Stephanie Cotter of West Muskerry to win the junior women’s 1500m at the start of the night.

 

Sophie O’Sullivan of Ballymore Cobh AC, Cork, leads Stephanie Cotter of West Muskerry AC, Cork, on her way to winning the Glenilen Farm 1500m Junior Women’s race

Start List & Live Results

Published On: 16 Jul 2018

The start lists for the 2018 Cork City Sports are now published and are available online line;

Track events Start List here

Field events Start List here

Results will be posted live on the Cork City Sports website; 

Live results here

Enjoy the sports

 

Athlete Of The Month May

Published On: 12 Jul 2018

Alannah Neff, Carrigaline Community School & Leevale AC is Cork City Sports athlete of the month for May . At the both the South Munster and Munster schools track and field championships Alannah recorded outstanding doubles in the Senior Girls 1500m flat and 1500m steeplechase races. She later went on to take victory at the Irish Schools 1500m steeplechase  in what was regarded as the most exciting race of the championships in Tullamore.

Alannah is in the start  line-up for a highly competitive Junior Women’s 1500m at the 67th Cork City Sports on the 16th July.

L to R., Frank Walley CCS, Ken Nason Coach, Tony O’Connell CCS, Eoghan Dinan, Deputy Editor Evening Echo, Alannah Neff, Carrigaline Community School Athele of the Month, Mary O’Brien, The River Lee, Ken Perrott 96FM, joe Hartnett CCS and Terry O’Rourke CCS. Picture, Martin Collins.

Sponsors Photo Call

Published On: 10 Jul 2018

With less than one week to go, the excitement is building. The 67th Cork City Sports on Monday, July 16th, will once again bring the cream of Irish athletes together to take on the rest of the world at the CIT Athletics Arena, live on TG4.

The hosting of an International Athletic Meet in Cork is made possible by the generous support of the sponsors. 

 

Start Time Track Events Sponsor
6:00 p.m. InterFirm/Services Female Relay Evening Echo
6:05 p.m. InterFirm/Services Male Relay KBC Bank
6:15 p.m. 3000m Open Men LeisureWorld
6:30 p.m. 1500m Junior Women Glenilen Farm
6:40 p.m. 1500m Junior Men Cork ETB
6:50 p.m. 800m T54 Wheelchair Men LeisureWorld
7:05 p.m. 100m Women  Race 1                          Centra
7:10 p.m. 100m Men   Race 1                                  Supervalu
7:23 p.m. 100m Women  Race 2                       Centra
7:30 p.m. 100m Men  Race 2                             Supervalu
7:38 p.m. 400m Hurdles Men O’Leary Insurances
7:48 p.m. 800m Women Henry Ford & Son Ltd
7:55 p.m. 800m Men Cork City Council
8:00 p.m. 3000m Women                                  Sport Ireland
8:17 p.m. 3000m Men John Buckley Sports
8:30 p.m. 200m Women Race 1 Evros
8:38 p.m. 200m Men  Race 1 Cork Airport
8:45 p.m. 1 Mile Men Johnson Controls
8:55 p.m. 200m Women Race 2                        Evros
9:00 p.m. 200m Men Race 2                           Cork Airport
     
Start Time Field Events Sponsor
6:00 p.m. Hammer Women Athletics Ireland
6:00 p.m. High Jump Women AON Hewitt
6:30 p.m. Pole Vault Women                      Dinos
6:45 p.m. Shot Put Men JCD Group
7:00 p.m. Long Jump Men Cork County Council
7:15 p.m. High Jump Men 96FM C103

 

 

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TG4 To Broadcast Cork City Sports Live

Published On: 21 Jun 2018

Cork City Sports will be broadcast live on TG4. Due the success of last years coverage, the event will be broadcast live on TG4 for the coming years

Cork City Sports chairman Tony O’Connell said: “This is important for Cork City Sports. We feel that live television coverage both home and abroad is vital to bring our great meeting to the next level.”

Meet director Joe Hartnett stated: “Going back to the days of Steve Ovett and Yuri Sedykh in the 80s, and Sonia O’Sullivan in the 90s and 00s, the Cork City Sports has always been a highlight of the Cork sporting summer and the Irish athletics summer. Now we hope to find a whole new audience. By becoming higher-profile, we hope to attract many more quality names to Cork City.”

Donal Murnane, Cork City Sports PRO commented: “We are thrilled to be live on TG4 once again. The channel’s sports coverage is very highly-regarded and delighted that Cork City Sports has become a staple of their live output.”

TG4 head of sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: “TG4 are delighted to commit to this coverage of the Cork City Sports. As a supporter of all sports we believe it is paramount for headline athletics event to be available free-to-air. Athletics has provided some major good news stories for Irish sport down through the years, and in recent years via the medal exploits of Thomas Barr, Ciara Mageean, Mark English, Fionnuala McCormack and Rob Heffernan, and we hope to see more of them in future on TG4.”

TG4’s broadcast will run from 7:20pm to 9pm on Monday, July 16th. Coverage will also be available online worldwide via the TG4 Player and live streamed on the Cork City Sports Website. 

 

Athlete Of The Month – April

Published On: 21 Jun 2018

Conor Morey, Leevale AC, is the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month for April 2017. Conor is an up and coming sprinter coached by Derek Coffey. Competing at the Munster Junior T&F Championships in Waterford on April 22nd, Conor had a clean sweep winning the 100m in 11.18 seconds  and 200m in 22.48 seconds.

Earlier in the month on April 7th, Conor anchored the Leevale boys under 18 and boys under 19  4x200m relay teams to victory in the Athletics Ireland indoor relay championships.

Conor has also been selected as one of the 23 athletes to represent Ireland at the European U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary (July 5-8). 

 

Junior Men’s & Women’s 1500m, Plus Open 3000m

Published On: 7 Jun 2018

The junior men’s and women’s 1500m races are always popular events at the Cork City Sports, attracting Ireland’s top middle distance runners to compete at the international meet. 

The LeisureWorld open 3000m is also a very popular events attracting large entries. 

Athletes interested in competing in the  junior 1500m and open 3000m races should contact Craig Harrington, email: charrington@corksports.ie or mobile 086 7700588. 

 

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