Wow! An incredible performance by Cian McPhillips on Saturday in the 800m at the Elite Micro Meet in the National Indoor Arena. His time of 1:46.13 is a new National Junior Indoor Record and is comfortably inside the qualifying standard for the European Indoor Senior Championships in Poland in 2 weeks’ time.
Cian finished in second place behind Mark English whose time of 1:46.10 is a new National Senior Indoor Record. Congratulations to Finn Valley AC athlete Mark. The race was paced through 500m by Kevin Woods (Crusaders AC) with swift 27-second laps setting the race up for a quick time. Third place was John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) and John also achieved the European standard. Great running lads.
Well done to 18-year-old Cian on producing such a fantastic run! He has been patiently training away since his last race in August yet showed no race rustiness. Congratulations to Cian’s proud family and also great credit to his coach Joe Ryan for having Cian so well prepared.