The 69th Cork City sports officially launched at The River Lee hotel. On July 5th at the Munster Technological University stadium in Bishopstown, Irelands premier athletics meeting returns after a two-year absence due to Covid restrictions. We are delighted to have the support of BAM Ireland once again as our title sponsors.
As a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting, athletes will receive higher ranking points towards qualification for major championships. This year the meeting is within the qualification window for the European Championships in Munich this August, so it also offers athletes the opportunity for achieving qualification. A lot of Irish and International stars will be competing on the night chasing ranking points, prize money and qualification standards.
Included in the list of international stars is two-time Olympic Champion and three times World Champion over 800m, Caster Semenya. The South African will compete in the 3000m looking to impress ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
There are a host of Irish stars who will be competing including Corks Louise Shanahan who recently set a new Irish record in the 800m. Louise has postponed her trip to the World Championships to compete in front of her home crowd.
Bandon’s Phil Healy, who is a great supporter of Cork City Sports, will be attempting to run a double in the
woman’s 100M and 400M.
Darragh McIlhenny has confirmed that he is going to attempt to rewrite the 17-year-old meeting record in the mens 3000m. The record is held by the great Craig Mottram. This would be a major achievement in front of a Cork crowd. Darragh will be pushed by other Irish stars such as Sean Tobin, Hiko Tonosa, Brian Fay and teenage star Nick Griggs. He will also have British opposition from Andrew Butchert who has been a star on the Diamond League circuit for some years.
Andrew Coscoran will be looking to take the Mile and with the form he is in who would bet against him.
Sarah Lavin has been in superb form over the last year and will be looking to run sub 13 seconds on Irish soil in the 100M Hurdles. Eric Favors who recently broke the thirty year old Irish record in the Shot Putt will be competing against a strong field.