Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Britton Fourth in Spanish Cross Meeting

Cross country and Fionnuala Britton clearly get along just fine. European Cross Country Champion a year ago, and an eight-time qualifier to the World Cross Country Championships, the Irishwoman got the hill-and-dale season off to a strong start in Atapuerca, Spain on Sunday.

Hiwot Ayalew (Ethiopia) and Linet Masai (Kenya) took home top honors, with Britton’s fourth-position finish putting her second among potential entrants at the European championships, coming up on December 9th. The Dublin-based athlete was in the lead pack early and battled with a group of Britons and Portugal’s Sara Moreira, after the two East Africans broke away. In the end, Britton would beat the Portuguese Olympian but finish just six-seconds back from Team GB’s Jessica Coulson.

Over a course just shy of 8-kilometres, Britton clocked 25:48.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jager Leads the Way For KIMbia in London

With five athletes competing, it was a busy ten days of Olympic athletics competition for Team KIMbia. After a total of eight performances (counting all prelims and finals), Evan Jager┬ácame away with the highest finish in his first-ever Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the Men’s Steeplechase, just four seconds out of medal position. The 23-year-old came home in 8:23 .87 having led several of the slow early laps and indicated he learned a lot from the experience of being in a tactical race that closes at sub-60 pace.

Shalane Flanagan took tenth in the marathon after reaching as high as fifth place with just four kilometers to go. Trying to stay within striking distance of a six-woman breakaway near the 25k mark, Shalane eventually paid a heavy for her medal-or-bust mentality, as major cramping caused her to struggle home the final few miles. Shalane and coach Jerry Schumacher were understandably disappointed, what with Flanagan entering the race as a Beijing bronze medalist, but neither expressed any regrets about running aggressively. Likewise, Lopez Lomong was also tenth in his event, the 5000m final. Lomong, a poster-boy for P&G and Visa during the Games, finished less than six seconds from the bronze. Read the full article

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 Olympian: Fionnuala Britton

Irishwoman Fionnuala Britton, 27, has been on a tear over the last eighteen months, setting PBs at 1500, 3000, 5000, and 10.000, with a PB in her former speciality, the steeplechase, just last summer. Long a strong cross country runner, she also broke out in that discipline by becoming the European Champion in December. Earlier this season she placed fourth in the 10.000m at the European Championships. Britton is part of a delegation of twenty-three Irish athletes to take to the track in London.

Women’s 10,000m – FINAL = Friday, August 3rd, 16:25 EST Read the full article

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