Thursday, March 29, 2012

Current List of London 2012 Qualifiers

Stephanie O’Reilly, 3000m steeplechase
Fionnuala Britton, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, 10,000m
Tori Pena, pole vault
Joanne Cuddihy, 400m
Derval O’Rourke, 100m hurdles
Paul Hession, 200m
Ciaran O Lionaird, 1500m
Deirdre Ryan,  high jump
Alistair Cragg, 5000m
Rob Heffernan, 50km walk
Brendan Boyce, 50k walk
Colin Griffin, 50km walk
Olive  Loughnane, 20km walk
Laura Reynolds  20k walk 

Mark Kenneally, marathon
Linda Byrne, marathon
Ava Hutchinson, marathon
Caitriona Jennings, marathon                                           
Women's 4x400 squad (Joanne Cuddihy, Marian Heffernan, Claire Bergin, Michelle Carey. Reserves - Jessie Barr, Joanne Mills)


49kg: Paddy Barnes (Holy Family GG)
52kg: Michael Conlan (St John Bosco)
56kg: John Joe Nevin (Cavan)
69kg: Adam Nolan (Bray BC)
75kg: Darren O’Neill (Paulstown)
60kg: Katie Taylor

Men's K1 -  Eoin Rheinisch
Women's K1 - Hannah Craig
Men's C1 200m: Andre Jezierski

Derek Burnett, Olympic trap

Road race: Nicolas Roche, Dan Martin, David McCann

Track: Martyn Irvine, omnium


Three-day event team:
Aoife Clarke - Master Crusoe (Owner Lily White Syndicate)
Mark Kyle - Coolio (Owners Ronnie Bartlett & Mark Kyle)
Joseph Murphy - Electric Cruise (Owners Noel Good, Jill Andrews & A O’Callaghan)
Michael Ryan - Ballylynch Adventure (Owners: Carol & Tom Henry & Sheila Foley)

Billy Twomey, Tinka's Serenade
Cian O'Connor, Blue Loyd

Anna Merveldt


Kieran Behan, floor

Lisa Kearney, 49kg

Sanita Puspure, single scull


Annalise Murphy, Laser Radial
Peter O’Leary, David Burrows, Star

Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern 49er

James Espey, Laser
Ger Owens, Scott Flanigan, 470


Barry Murphy, 100m breaststroke
Grainne Murphy, 800m freestyle
Sycerika McMahon, 100m breaststroke
Melanie Nocher, 200m backstroke, 100m backstroke 

Aileen Morrison
Gavin Noble 



Monday, March 19, 2012

Athletics: McCambridge makes Marathon A standard

Maria McCambridge ran a time of 2:36.37 this morning at the Rome Marathon - inside the A qualifying mark off 2 hours 37 minutes for London 2012. Maria becomes the third Irish women to make the marathon qualifying mark - and like Linda Byrne and Ava Hutchinson is a product of the Dundum South Dublin club, although McCambridge, currently based in Donegal with husband Gary Crossan, currently runs in the Letterkenny colours.
After giving birth to son Dylan and a disappointing run in the Dublin Marathon last October, McCambridge went back to basics. She fine-tuned her training with a 33 min 7 sec time behind Linda Byrne at the Enniscorthy 10km last month and then  a new course record of 54 mins 48 secs at the Ballycotton '10'. 
In Rome,  she stuck to a pace of around 5 mins 55 secs per mile (or 3 mins 40 per km) from the start, going through 5km in 18.23, then 10km in 36. 43 and 15km in 55.13. Her half marathon time of 1:17.37 meant she was well within her target, and she continued to churn out even paced miles until the final 10km or so when - like many others in the race - she slowed down, with her 35km split 18.51 and her next 5km slower again at 19.14.
By then however  with only 2km to go, McCambridge knew she could break 2 hours 237 minutes as planned. This she did, finishing ninth woman  and second European in a race dominated by Africans.  First woman was Hellen Jemaiyo Kimutai from Kenya in 2:31.11, with Ashete D. Bekele of Ethiopia a close second; there were six Ethiopians in the top 10.
McCambridge's time is close to the 2:26.23 run by Linda Byrne in the Dublin Marathon last October; fastest of the three qualifiers is  Ava Hutchinson  with a time of 2:35:33.
Women (9): 
Derval O'Rourke (Leevale), 100m hurdles
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann), 3000m steeplechase
Stephanie Reilly(Sli Cualann),  3000m steeplechase
Deirdre Ryan (Dundrum Sth Dublin), high jump
Tori Pena (Finn Valley),  pole vault
Olive Loughnane,  20k walk
Linda Byrne (DSD), Ava Hutchinson (DSD), Maria McCambridge (Letterkenny), marathon
Men (6): 
Paul Hession (Athenry),  200m
CiarĂ¡n O Lionaird (Leevale),  1500m
Alistair Cragg (Clonliffe),  5000m
Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe), marathon
Robert Heffernan, 20k and 50k walk
Brendan Boyce, 50k walk

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Athletics: Pena qualifies

Tori Pena, the American pole vaulter who declared for Ireland last year,  achieved the London 2012 qualiying mark when she soared over  4.50, at  the Beach Track and Field Classic at Cerritos College, USA.  Pena, who had won the event, narrowly missed clearing  4.60m.

Swimming: Two for London 2012

Grainne Murphy
US-Based Barry Murphy in the 200m breaststrooke and Grainne Murphy in the 800m freestyle are the only two Irish swimmers to have qualified for London 2012 so far.
Hoping to join them are rising star Sycericka McMahon and Beijing Olympian Melanie Nocher.