McPhillips Books National Indoor 1500m Final Place

Cian McPhillips booked his place in the national indoor 1500m final with victory in today’s semi-final.

McPhillips clocked 4:09.34 to win semi-final one ahead of Olympic hopeful Andrew Coscoran who clocked 4:09.42. Both McPhillips and Coscoran with Sean Donoghue and Joe Warne automatically qualified for the final.

They will be joined in that final by Raheny Shamrock’s Brian Fay who came close to breaking the four-minute mile barrier at the Athlone IT Grand earlier this month, winning heat two in 4:01.06.

Eoin Pierce, Eoghan Keaney and Daire Finn also booked automatic places in Sunday’s final with Jack Maher and Shane Healy sealed the fastest losers spots all in semi-final two.

51-year-old Healy booked his place as the slowest loser in 4:05.05. The final is scheduled for 10 past two.

There was bronze for Mullingar Harriers Sarah Glennon in the women’s 3,000 metre walk clocking 14:56.91. Kate Veale of West Waterford took gold in 14:47.05 with Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and district taking bronze in 14:54.68.

Elsewhere Longford’s Aaron Kelly finished fourth in his 200m heat in 24.01 seconds (heat one) and Mullingar Harriers Charles Okafor took second in heat seven in 22.33 seconds, neither progressed to the final.

Claire Fagan (Mullingar Harriers) finished ninth in the women’s 3,000m final clocking 9:58.77, a race which was won by Ciara Wilson (D.M.P) in 9:35.67.

Niamh Allen of Crusaders took silver in 9:47.78 and bronze went to Niamh Kearney of Sli Cualann in 9:48.30. Padraig Moran (Mullingar Harriers) clocked 8:30.92 in the men’s semi-final, failing to make the final.