ATHLETICS: Morton International Games

by Aaron Dunne
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THE Morton Games International Athletics meet takes place tomorrow at Morton Stadium in Santry.

The Stadium has recently undergone a €3m refurbishment project led by Dublin City University which included the installation of a new World Athletics Certified Class II Mondo track.

Morton Games is a World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze Meet, the only one in Ireland in 2023.

Men’s events- 100, 400, 800, the Morton Mile, Albie Thomas 5000, High jump, Shot Put.

Women’s events – 100 hurdles, 200, 800, 1500, High jump, Javelin.

Pre programme – Dublin Athletics mixed Juvenile relays, U/20 Men & Women’s miles.

Feature events:

Women’s 100 Hurdles – European games bronze medallist and Olympic qualifier Sarah Lavin will compete against a top international field which includes Liz Clay (AUS) and Ebony Morrison (LBR). The Stadium record of 12.97 was set at last year’s meet, Sarah Lavin will look to better that time.

Albie Thomas 5000 – Ireland’s Darragh McElhinney, 4th , European 3000 indoors 2023, will race against 2021 European U/23 champion and Tokyo Olympian Mohamed Abdilaahi (GER), PB 13.03.13, Maxime Chaumeton (RSA), PB 13.22.43. The Stadium record stands at 13.19.98.

The Morton mile – the most storied race in Irish athletics draws a world-class field: Ryan Mphahlele (RSA) may start as favourite. He comes with a 3.32.90 1500 pb, Jye Edwards (AUS) – mile PB 3.49.27, Casey Comber (USA) 3.54.01. Irish athletes competing in the Morton mile include Nick Griggs, Cathal Doyle and Paul Robinson.

Men’s 800 – Mark English is a confirmed starter. He will face British athletes Kyle Langford, who has won this race 3 times in succession, Guy Learmouth and Piers Copeland. Adding to the international flavour is Balazs Vindics (HUN), a national champion.

Women’s 800 – Louise Shanahan and Georgie Hartigan will carry Irish hopes up against the likes of former European champion Lynsey Sharp (GBR) and Olivia Baker (USA).

Men’s 100 – sub 10 second man Meba-Mickael Zeze (FRA), Rivaldo Roberts (RSA), Micaiah Harris (USA) as well as Ireland’s Joseph Ojewumi, Bori Akinola and Chris Sibanda.

Morton Games International Athletics – Facts at a glance:

Where: Morton Stadium, Dublin.

When: Friday, 14th July – International programme from 7pm, with Pre-programme from 5.45pm.

Tickets: Available online at at a cost of €10 with U/16s free.

Confirmed Irish athletes include Sarah Lavin, Mark English, Darragh McElhinney, Louise Shanahan, Georgie Hartigan, Nick Griggs, Paul Robinson, Chris O’Donnell, John Fitzsimons, Fearghal Curtin, Efrem Gidey, Eric Favors, Cathal Doyle, Stephen Scullion.

Confirmed international athletes include Ryan Mphahlele (RSA), Jye Edwards (AUS), Mohamed Abdilaahi (GER), Madara Palameika (LAT), Ebony Morrison (LBR), Lynsey Sharp (GBR), Guy Learmonth (GBR), Kyle Langford (GBR), Stefano Sottile (ITA), Liz Clay (AUS), Michaela Meyer (USA), Mpho Links (RSA), Jo-Ane Van Dyk (RSA), Erin Shaw (AUS). Further details and news updates at:

Cathal Doyle, Morton Miler,  with Amy O’Donoghue, 1500m runner, at the launch of the Morton Games which take place tomorrow in Santry

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