Athlete Of the Month – August

Published On: 25 Sep 2017

Rob Heffernan is the Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month for August 2017. Robert receives the award after displaying his consistency at the pinnacle of race walking over a long and distinguished career, by again matching strides with the worlds elite when he placed 8th in the 50km walk at the IAAF World Championships in London.

The Cork City Sports Athlete Of The Month Award is sponsored by Cork’s 96FM & C103, The Evening Echo, The River Lee & Leisureworld. 


L to R., Darren Johnston, Deputy County Mayor Cllr. Marcia Dalton, Frank Walley, President CCS, Helena Haliniak, Business Manager, The River Lee, Tony O’Connell, Chairman CCS, Robert Heffernan, Eoghan Dinan, Evening Echo/Irish Examiner, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Terry Shannon, Nicola Cullinane, Marketing Executive, Evening Echo, Liam O’Reilly Coach and Bill Allen, Chairman Cork County Board, Athletics Ireland. Picture, Martin Collins.




Athlete Of The Month Award – July

Published On: 22 Sep 2017

Claire McCarthy (Leevale AC) receives the Cork City Sports Athlete of the Month Award for her outstanding performance in winning the Swansea Half Marathon in a personal best time of 1hr 14mins 35secs. Claire subsequently competed with distinction at the World Marathon championship in London finishing in 33rd position.


Athlete Of The Month – June

Published On: 22 Sep 2017

The Cork City Sports athlete of the month award went to Jill Hodgins.  On the 4th of June Jill was a popular and clear winner of the women’s section of the  Cork City Marathon in a time of 2hrs 48mins 17secs.


Chairman of Cork City Sports Honoured With Person of the Month Award

Published On: 27 Jul 2017

Chairman of the Cork City Sports International Athletics Committee, Tony O’Connell, has been named the July ‘Cork Person of the Month’ for his work with Cork City Sports (CCS) over the decades.

Tony O’Connell receiving his Cork Person of the Month Award. Picture: Martin Collins.

Mr O’Connell, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, has attended every Cork City Sports event for the past 65 years.

He was Chairman of the 66th year of the successful Cork City Sports international event which was held at Cork Institute of Technology on July 18.

For the past eight years, Mr O’Connell’s role as Chairman of Cork City Sports and Chairman of the Finance Committee, has seen the event go from strength to strength with the dedication of his team of 20 committee members and 150 volunteers.

He previously served as PRO and Vice-Chairman of the event under the leadership of the late Dick Hodgins, from whom he gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Olympic Race Walker, Rob Heffernan said, “I would like to congratulate Tony O’Connell for his expertise and hard work over so many decades.”

“The fact that so many elite athletes from around the world continue to support this event in Cork year after year, is testament to Tony’s leadership,” he said.

Cork athletes, Sonia O’Sullivan and Derval O’Rourke both praised Mr O’Connell for his contribution to athletics and field sports and congratulated him on his ‘Cork Person of the Month’ award.

As winner of the July monthly award, Tony O’Connell’s name will go forward, with the other monthly winners, for possible selection as ‘Cork Person of the Year 2017’.

The overall winner will be unveiled at a Gala Awards Lunch in mid-January 2018.

66th Cork City Sports In Photos

Published On: 25 Jul 2017

Crystal Emmanuel, Athlete Of The Meet

Published On: 20 Jul 2017

Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel was presented with the John O Jagoe American Trophy for the outstanding performance of the meeting in winning the Cork Airport sponsored women’s 200m in 22.5 seconds and in the process smashed the 34 year old Canadian national record.  She had earlier finished second to Barbara Pierre in a photo finish in the 100m. 

Crystal now heads home to Canada to finalise her preparations for the World Championships in London in August. We wish her and all the athletes who competed in Cork City Sports every success there. 


Big Crowds Attended A Classic 66th Cork City Sports

Published On: 20 Jul 2017

The 66th edition of the Cork City Sports has come and gone and preparations are already in the planning stages for the 67th event.
Tony O Connell, Chairman, and head of the finance committee for the Cork City Sports will be working tirelessly throughout the year to raise the money to continue this unique high quality event which provided a feast for the eyes of Cork sports lovers who turned out in their thousands on Tuesday night at the CIT stadium.
In retrospect Tuesday night was the best meeting put on by the Cork City Sports team in many years. Credit for this is spread over a small number of people who give up their time voluntarily for the love of the sport and their pride in the City of Cork. This years event could go toe to toe with the multi-million euro Diamond League events put on by major cities throughout Europe. Spectators were served up a Canadian National record, two meeting records, three stadium records, nine sub four minutes miles and six sub 9 minute womens 3000m times, as well as countless personal bests, which is extraordinary on a windy night. .
Despite the windy conditions the performances Tuesday night will go down in the records as one of the best ever on show across so many different events. Apart from the disappointing times in the mens 100m, due to headwinds of up to -5.4 metres per second, the standard of performances was outstanding in every event.
Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel won the John O Jagoe American Trophy for the outstanding performance of the meeting in winning the Cork Airport sponsored women’s 200m in 22.5 seconds and in the process smashed the 34 year old Canadian national record. This time was also a meeting record and stadium record. Phil Healy had a podium finish narrowly beaten into third place by Jodie Williams. Healy ran an excellent personal best of 23.32 raising her to number five on the Irish all time list. Barbara Pierre scored a one hundredth of a second victory over Emmanuel to take the Centra 100m title in a new stadium record.
The mens Supervalu 100m was a blanket finish with only one hundredth of a second separating four athletes with the victory going to Sean McLean USA in 10.61 while Ramon Gittens, Ryan Shields, Sydney Siame were all given the same time of 10.62. McLean came out later in the night to claim the Centra 200m in 20.53 seconds from Brandon Carnes USA and Leon Reid. This was an outstanding time considering the strength of the wind and came close to the meeting record of 20.34 set by Marlon Devonish in 2005.
Ida Storm from Sweden set a new meeting record and stadium record in the O Callaghan Properties sponsored womens hammer competition throwing 71.19 metres so close to her personal best of 71.52.
Emily Borthwick GBR won the AON Hewitt womens high jump on count back from Emma Nuttall GBR in a new personal best of 1.83 metres. Chris Baker GBR came so close to breaking the meet record of 2.30 in the FMC sponsored mens competition jumping 2.28 metres.
Chuk Enekwechi USA took the mens JCD Group sponsored shot putt title from Jacko Gill NZL, both throwing over 20 metres with Chuk coming close to the meet record of 21.47 set by fellow American Reese Hoffa ten years ago, when he threw 21.07 at CIT on Tuesday night.
One of the major star attractions of the meeting was Javier Culson in the 400m hurdles. Culson is one of the greatest performers in the world at this event. Sadly there was no Thomas Barr to bring pressure to bear on Culson who dominated the race and won easily in 49.78.
The Athletics Ireland womens 3000m was an outstanding race with six competitors going under the magical 9 minute barrier and the Danish orienteering superstar Maja Alm holding her own in a world class field to run 9.05.88. The event was a close battle between several athletes including Lauren Paquette and Nicole Tully from the USA and the eventual winner Sheila Reid of Canada in a time of 8.54.60.
The mens John Buckley Sports 3000m  was billed as a rematch between Collis Bermingham AUS, two time winner of the title, and the title holder Reid Buchannan USA. It did not disappoint. In a fantastic race where the fast pace set by Luke Traynor and Jack Rayner stretched the field out early on, until it came down to these two athletes and a little known Ethiopian called Hiko Tonosa who battled it out all the way to the finish line. Bermingham pushed the race after the pacemakers dropped out in an effort to break the other two but they both hung in. With 250m to go Buchannan overtook Bermingham closely followed by Tonosa. It looked like Berminghams race was finished but the plucky Australian star showed guts and determination and fought back coming down the finishing straight, caught Tonosa but could not catch the fast finishing Buchannan who threw everything into his last 50 metres knowing that Bermingham was closing on him. The American showed gritty determination and would not be beaten to retain his title for another year. The race had the crowd on their feet.
The final race of the night was the Johnson Controls Mile. In recent years where the mile has been on the programme the greatest number of people who went under 4 minutes was seven in 2014 and that race won by Kyle Merber of the USA in 3.56.72. In the last two years there has only been one sub 4 minute mile at the Cork City Sports. The 2017 race has rewritten the record books with nine athletes going sub 4. The race was won by the University of Oregan star athlete Sam Prakel who held off Stewart McSweyn AUS over the last thirty metres. Sean Tobin IRL ran a very courageous race to finish in third place as he remained strong in the finishing straight and ran his second personal best inside a week when running 3.57.00.
The athletes, sports agents and media have praised both the high standard of the meeting and level of organisation. The athletes felt that they were warmly received by everyone they met associated with the Cork City Sports. Alycia Cridebring who was one of the athletes to break 9mins in the 3000m reflected this in an email saying “I just wanted to send a short note and thank you all for helping to put together such a wonderful meeting at the 66th Cork City Sports! It was my first time visiting Ireland and I thought Cork was such a beautiful city and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit there and compete. I know many of the athletes felt very well taken care of and appreciated being able to participate in such a competitive meet. I even got my new 3000m personal best!”
The live TV coverage by TG4 added a new dimension to this historic meeting. Kathryn Davis did a fantastic job in producing the first in a multi-year coverage of this event. The inter firm relay allowed non athletes to compete on the same stage as world class athletes. The presence of former Irish stars such as Marcus O Sullivan, Ray Flynn, Sonia O Sullivan, Derval O Rourke showed their connection to this meeting still exists with Marcus and Sonia having their children compete this year. Thanks to the Cork public for coming out and supporting the athletes and officials. And so the curtain comes down on the 66th Cork City Sports and the thoughts of the organising committee are already on how to make the 67th even better.

Full 2017 Results

Published On: 18 Jul 2017

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800m Preview

Published On: 16 Jul 2017

Michael Rimmer is seven times British 800M Champion and a European Championship silver medallist. He has been confirmed in the mens 800m on Tuesday at the Cork City Sports.
Rimmer has run 1.43.89 at his best and has been a fixture on the British teams to major championships for many years. His form this year has been mixed as he has been recovering from low iron levels in the blood. However he has run 1.46.72 in Hengelo in June which puts him in with a real chance of taking the Cork title.
He will take on defending champion Luke Matthews AUS who has run 1.46.44 this year an is really up for a fight to defend his title against all comers.
There are a  number of Americans in the field including Russell Dinkins and Charles Jock 1.46.40 and 1.46.54 this season respectively. As most of the field have similar seasons best there should be a really tight race with a close tactical finish. One to Watch!!
In the womens race the outstanding favourite will be Laura Roesler USA. World Junior Champion and two times NCAA champion. Laura is one of only a handful of women who has run under the 2 mins barrier this year. She will be taking on Hannah England GBR, World Championship silver medallist over 1500m. Hannah was also NCAA champion in her own right.
There will be a strong Irish opposition in the form of Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, the defending Irish title holder over 800M. Siofra is a student at Villanova University where she has become three times all American and three-time Penn Relays champion as well as seventh on the all time list at Villanova. Other Irish competitors in the race are Ellie Hartnett and Louise Shanahan.

Women’s 100m Shaping Up To Be A Classic

Published On: 16 Jul 2017

The outstanding favourite for the 100m will be Barbara Pierre USA, World Indoor Champion with a seasons best of 10.99. However she will not have it all her own way. Crystal Emmanuel, the Canadian number one, who is Olympic and World finalist with a SB time of 11.2 in winning the Canadian national title last weekend will provide credible opposition. Emmanuel will also contest the 200m.
Jodie Williams, one of the UK’s top athletes and European medalist, will be in the hunt for both 100m and 200m titles. Margaret Adeoye, World and European Championship medallist will also contest both events. Phil Healy is in good form and should feature in both races and also Niamh Whelan, Sarah Murray and Sarah Lavin providing the Irish representation in the women’s sprints.

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