WOMENS STEEPLECHASE SET TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS AT LETTERKENNY INTERNATIONAL
A World class line-up is in store for the Womens 3000m steeplechase at the Letterkenny AC International Track & Field meeting on Friday 7th July. The 2017 event will feature athletes from all over the World coming in search of the qualifying standard of 9:42 for the London World Championships. Rio Olympian and Commonwealth Games finalist Lennie Waite from Scotland (9:35 PB) will be leading the chase for the standard, following her 2nd place finish at the European Team championships last weekend. Mel Lawrence, USA (9:36 PB), is another athlete who will be making the trip to Letterkenny in the form of her life, and is fresh from a 5th place finish at the USA championships in California last week. She will also be joined by her sister Collier Lawrence, as well as fellow Americans Katie Landwehr and Jessica Jackson Kamilos.
Who could forget the 2015 race where three Irish athletes achieved qualifying standards for the Olympics in the same race, and where we had the fastest women’s steeplechase ever recorded on Irish soil. Two of that famous “Trio for Rio”, Athletics Ireland Olympians Kerry O’Flaherty (9:42 PB) and Michelle Finn (9:43 PB), will lead the Irish charge, and both will be looking to make their mark on the 2017 season, having returned from early season injuries. The Spanish duo of Maria Teresa Urbina (9:43 PB) and Maria Jose Perez (9:45 PB) have also come very close to making the World standard in recent weeks, and will be joined by Rolanda Bell of Panama, Zita Kácser of Hungary, Eva Czechers Krchova of Czech Republic, Charlotte Green of England and Dooneen AC’s Jessica Coyne on the startline.
With such a high class line up of international athletes across a range of 13 track & field events, the only place to be will be the Danny McDaid Athletics Track, Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex this Friday 7th July at 7pm. It will be a sporting night for all the family to enjoy, and a great opportunity to see world class athletes up close and personal!