Becker And Kirwan Set New Club Records

Sophie Becker and Cillian Kirwan set new club records at the Belfast International meet on Saturday.

Becker won the 400 metres in 51.13 seconds, just six days after steering the Irish relay team to seventh in the World and the Paris Olympics.

“I’m in absolute shock,” the 27-year-old told BBC Sport, having moved to fifth on the all-time Irish 400m list.

Becker took 0.70 seconds off her previous best set in 2022 and passed the European Championship qualify standard.

The time was just 0.18 seconds off the Paris Olympic qualifying mark. Becker was 54th in the world ranking list ahead of the Belfast meet. The win and performance should move Becker up the ranking list.

There are 48 spots available at the Paris 2024 400m. 21 of those place have been taken by athletes with the qualifying standard.

Cillian Kirwan broke the club 800m record when he posted 1:45.75 in the international grade race. The race was won out right by Callum Dodds in 1:44.79.

Kirwan’s time bettered his time of 1:46.84 posted at the IMC meet last weekend.

While Mark Smyth won the 200m A race in 21.17 seconds, well clear of Leevale’s Colin Doyle in 21.44.

Whereas, Niamh Kearney took third place in the international women’s 1500m posting 4:23.41. English athlete Ava Lloyd won out in 4:19.26.

Elsewhere, Isuelt O’Donnell took fourth place in the women’s 800m A race posting 2:08.04. A race won by Claire Mooney in 2:06.38. Lucy Barrett posted 10:07.29 in the 3,000 metres.

In the men’s 1500m A race, Kieran Kelly posted 3:50.13.

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