Morton mile the highlight of top meet

by James Hendicott
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Santry’s Morton Stadium is set for its namesake Morton Games to come to town for arguably Ireland’s most high-profile track athletic’s event.

It is set to feature a selection of high-level stars from abroad, and provide a great test for the stars of the local track and field scene.

The Games are a single evening event taking place on July 19 and have grown in stature in recent years. The races, taking in 100 metres to 5,000 metres distances, will also include a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Herb Elliott’s World Mile in the stadium back in 1958 (and a mile distance in its honour). Javelin and high-jump will take place on the field.

Brendan Griffin TD launched the event last week, saying: “This year’s Morton Games promises to be another wonderful night of athletics and a fantastic opportunity for the Irish public to see some top class athletes in action.

“It is also a great chance for our athletes to test themselves against international opposition in preparation for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin in August.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this prestigious event on the Irish sporting calendar and I hope everyone has an exciting and enjoyable evening.”

The Morton Games is now in its eighth year as an annual international track and field meet, and will feature many of Ireland’s top athletes.

It will feature Ireland’s fastest woman Phil Healy, Sean Tobin in the Morton Mile, 400m Brian Gregan, John Travers and Stephen Scullion in the 5000 metres, as well as Dundrum South Dublin’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who’s a rising star of the American university track scene, racing at middle distance. Confirmed international athletes participating in the Meet include 2016 world indoor 800 metre champion Boris Berian (USA) and Crystal Emmanuel (CAN), a two time Olympian and finalist in the 2017 world championships.

Olympic high jump finalist Alyx Treasure (CAN), and Ryan Gregson (AUS) a 2016 Olympic 1500 metre finalist, will also compete.

Events get underway on July 19 at 6.30pm (including qualifiers, junior and wheelchair events), with international-level races from 7.30pm. Entry is €10 for adults, and free for Under-16s.

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