Crystal Emmanuel, Athlete Of The Meet

Published On: 20 Jul 2017

Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel was presented with the John O Jagoe American Trophy for the outstanding performance of the meeting in winning the Cork Airport sponsored women’s 200m in 22.5 seconds and in the process smashed the 34 year old Canadian national record.  She had earlier finished second to Barbara Pierre in a photo finish in the 100m. 

Crystal now heads home to Canada to finalise her preparations for the World Championships in London in August. We wish her and all the athletes who competed in Cork City Sports every success there. 


Big Crowds Attended A Classic 66th Cork City Sports

Published On: 20 Jul 2017

The 66th edition of the Cork City Sports has come and gone and preparations are already in the planning stages for the 67th event.
Tony O Connell, Chairman, and head of the finance committee for the Cork City Sports will be working tirelessly throughout the year to raise the money to continue this unique high quality event which provided a feast for the eyes of Cork sports lovers who turned out in their thousands on Tuesday night at the CIT stadium.
In retrospect Tuesday night was the best meeting put on by the Cork City Sports team in many years. Credit for this is spread over a small number of people who give up their time voluntarily for the love of the sport and their pride in the City of Cork. This years event could go toe to toe with the multi-million euro Diamond League events put on by major cities throughout Europe. Spectators were served up a Canadian National record, two meeting records, three stadium records, nine sub four minutes miles and six sub 9 minute womens 3000m times, as well as countless personal bests, which is extraordinary on a windy night. .
Despite the windy conditions the performances Tuesday night will go down in the records as one of the best ever on show across so many different events. Apart from the disappointing times in the mens 100m, due to headwinds of up to -5.4 metres per second, the standard of performances was outstanding in every event.
Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel won the John O Jagoe American Trophy for the outstanding performance of the meeting in winning the Cork Airport sponsored women’s 200m in 22.5 seconds and in the process smashed the 34 year old Canadian national record. This time was also a meeting record and stadium record. Phil Healy had a podium finish narrowly beaten into third place by Jodie Williams. Healy ran an excellent personal best of 23.32 raising her to number five on the Irish all time list. Barbara Pierre scored a one hundredth of a second victory over Emmanuel to take the Centra 100m title in a new stadium record.
The mens Supervalu 100m was a blanket finish with only one hundredth of a second separating four athletes with the victory going to Sean McLean USA in 10.61 while Ramon Gittens, Ryan Shields, Sydney Siame were all given the same time of 10.62. McLean came out later in the night to claim the Centra 200m in 20.53 seconds from Brandon Carnes USA and Leon Reid. This was an outstanding time considering the strength of the wind and came close to the meeting record of 20.34 set by Marlon Devonish in 2005.
Ida Storm from Sweden set a new meeting record and stadium record in the O Callaghan Properties sponsored womens hammer competition throwing 71.19 metres so close to her personal best of 71.52.
Emily Borthwick GBR won the AON Hewitt womens high jump on count back from Emma Nuttall GBR in a new personal best of 1.83 metres. Chris Baker GBR came so close to breaking the meet record of 2.30 in the FMC sponsored mens competition jumping 2.28 metres.
Chuk Enekwechi USA took the mens JCD Group sponsored shot putt title from Jacko Gill NZL, both throwing over 20 metres with Chuk coming close to the meet record of 21.47 set by fellow American Reese Hoffa ten years ago, when he threw 21.07 at CIT on Tuesday night.
One of the major star attractions of the meeting was Javier Culson in the 400m hurdles. Culson is one of the greatest performers in the world at this event. Sadly there was no Thomas Barr to bring pressure to bear on Culson who dominated the race and won easily in 49.78.
The Athletics Ireland womens 3000m was an outstanding race with six competitors going under the magical 9 minute barrier and the Danish orienteering superstar Maja Alm holding her own in a world class field to run 9.05.88. The event was a close battle between several athletes including Lauren Paquette and Nicole Tully from the USA and the eventual winner Sheila Reid of Canada in a time of 8.54.60.
The mens John Buckley Sports 3000m  was billed as a rematch between Collis Bermingham AUS, two time winner of the title, and the title holder Reid Buchannan USA. It did not disappoint. In a fantastic race where the fast pace set by Luke Traynor and Jack Rayner stretched the field out early on, until it came down to these two athletes and a little known Ethiopian called Hiko Tonosa who battled it out all the way to the finish line. Bermingham pushed the race after the pacemakers dropped out in an effort to break the other two but they both hung in. With 250m to go Buchannan overtook Bermingham closely followed by Tonosa. It looked like Berminghams race was finished but the plucky Australian star showed guts and determination and fought back coming down the finishing straight, caught Tonosa but could not catch the fast finishing Buchannan who threw everything into his last 50 metres knowing that Bermingham was closing on him. The American showed gritty determination and would not be beaten to retain his title for another year. The race had the crowd on their feet.
The final race of the night was the Johnson Controls Mile. In recent years where the mile has been on the programme the greatest number of people who went under 4 minutes was seven in 2014 and that race won by Kyle Merber of the USA in 3.56.72. In the last two years there has only been one sub 4 minute mile at the Cork City Sports. The 2017 race has rewritten the record books with nine athletes going sub 4. The race was won by the University of Oregan star athlete Sam Prakel who held off Stewart McSweyn AUS over the last thirty metres. Sean Tobin IRL ran a very courageous race to finish in third place as he remained strong in the finishing straight and ran his second personal best inside a week when running 3.57.00.
The athletes, sports agents and media have praised both the high standard of the meeting and level of organisation. The athletes felt that they were warmly received by everyone they met associated with the Cork City Sports. Alycia Cridebring who was one of the athletes to break 9mins in the 3000m reflected this in an email saying “I just wanted to send a short note and thank you all for helping to put together such a wonderful meeting at the 66th Cork City Sports! It was my first time visiting Ireland and I thought Cork was such a beautiful city and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit there and compete. I know many of the athletes felt very well taken care of and appreciated being able to participate in such a competitive meet. I even got my new 3000m personal best!”
The live TV coverage by TG4 added a new dimension to this historic meeting. Kathryn Davis did a fantastic job in producing the first in a multi-year coverage of this event. The inter firm relay allowed non athletes to compete on the same stage as world class athletes. The presence of former Irish stars such as Marcus O Sullivan, Ray Flynn, Sonia O Sullivan, Derval O Rourke showed their connection to this meeting still exists with Marcus and Sonia having their children compete this year. Thanks to the Cork public for coming out and supporting the athletes and officials. And so the curtain comes down on the 66th Cork City Sports and the thoughts of the organising committee are already on how to make the 67th even better.

Full 2017 Results

Published On: 18 Jul 2017

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800m Preview

Published On: 16 Jul 2017

Michael Rimmer is seven times British 800M Champion and a European Championship silver medallist. He has been confirmed in the mens 800m on Tuesday at the Cork City Sports.
Rimmer has run 1.43.89 at his best and has been a fixture on the British teams to major championships for many years. His form this year has been mixed as he has been recovering from low iron levels in the blood. However he has run 1.46.72 in Hengelo in June which puts him in with a real chance of taking the Cork title.
He will take on defending champion Luke Matthews AUS who has run 1.46.44 this year an is really up for a fight to defend his title against all comers.
There are a  number of Americans in the field including Russell Dinkins and Charles Jock 1.46.40 and 1.46.54 this season respectively. As most of the field have similar seasons best there should be a really tight race with a close tactical finish. One to Watch!!
In the womens race the outstanding favourite will be Laura Roesler USA. World Junior Champion and two times NCAA champion. Laura is one of only a handful of women who has run under the 2 mins barrier this year. She will be taking on Hannah England GBR, World Championship silver medallist over 1500m. Hannah was also NCAA champion in her own right.
There will be a strong Irish opposition in the form of Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, the defending Irish title holder over 800M. Siofra is a student at Villanova University where she has become three times all American and three-time Penn Relays champion as well as seventh on the all time list at Villanova. Other Irish competitors in the race are Ellie Hartnett and Louise Shanahan.

Women’s 100m Shaping Up To Be A Classic

Published On: 16 Jul 2017

The outstanding favourite for the 100m will be Barbara Pierre USA, World Indoor Champion with a seasons best of 10.99. However she will not have it all her own way. Crystal Emmanuel, the Canadian number one, who is Olympic and World finalist with a SB time of 11.2 in winning the Canadian national title last weekend will provide credible opposition. Emmanuel will also contest the 200m.
Jodie Williams, one of the UK’s top athletes and European medalist, will be in the hunt for both 100m and 200m titles. Margaret Adeoye, World and European Championship medallist will also contest both events. Phil Healy is in good form and should feature in both races and also Niamh Whelan, Sarah Murray and Sarah Lavin providing the Irish representation in the women’s sprints.

Alonso Edward Confirmed For 66th Cork City Sports

Published On: 13 Jul 2017

Alonso Edward PANAMA is a sprinting sensation and he is confirmed for the Cork City Sports on July 18th. He is World Championship silver medallist and Olympic finalist. He is a staggering 9 times Diamond League meeting winner and 3 times overall Diamond Trophy winner.
Other additions to the field are Jamaicans Everton Clarke and Ryan Shields who ran 9.89 at the Stockholm Diamond League in June. Brandon Carnes (SB 20.25) and Dedric Dukes (SB 20.37) who have been hugely successful on the Diamond League circuit this summer are both going to provide tough competition in the 200m. Dukes was World Youth Champion and five times NCAA champion.

Athlete Of The Month – May

Published On: 12 Jul 2017

 The Cork City Sports Athlete for the Month for May is Stephanie Cotter. During the month of May Stephanie Cotter (Coachford College and West Muskerry AC) dominated the traditional end of school year track and field championships in both the Senior Girls 800m and 1500m events. Stephanie achieved a double victory at the Munster Schools Championships on the  20th May at the CIT track. She later went on to win gold at Irish 1500m on the first weekend of June at Tullamore. Additionally Stephanie has a famous victory in the 800m women’s race at the renowned Leevale Open Sports on the 6th May.


L to R., Cork County Mayor, Cllr Ian Doyle, Frank Walley President CCS, Mary O’Brien, The River lee Hotel, Lord Mayor, Tony O’Connell Chairman CCS, Stephanie Cotter, Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Kieran McGeary, CEO, Cork 96FM C103 and Maurice Gubbins, Editor, Evening Echo. Picture, Martin Collins.

Early Arrivals For Cork City Sports

Published On: 12 Jul 2017

Today sees the arrival of the first athletes at Cork Airport for the 66th Cork City Sports. Over the next week athletes from all over the world will gather in Cork for a spectacle of International athletics of a standard rarely seen in this country.
This afternoon sees the arrival of Barbara Pierre USA, world indoor champion and Ramon Gittens from Barbados, World Indoor Championships Bronze medallist and Pan American Games Silver medallist.
These are two of the most sought after sprinters on the athletics circuit today and they have accepted an invitation to compete at the Cork City Sports on Tuesday next July 18th at CIT stadium.
This is Barbara’s second time racing in Cork. Her last trip in 2015 was not so pleasant as she false started and was disqualified under the IAAF rules. Hopefully the Cork crowd will get to see her in action next Tuesday night. She is in stunning form at present having run 10.99 in late June in a meeting in Sacremento.
Ramon Gittens has been to Cork on two previous occasions. In 2014 he finished a close second in the 100m and in 2015 he won the same title in 10.22 into a headwind. He will have stiff competition in the 100m against a field of an extraordinary standard this year.

3000m Rematch

Published On: 11 Jul 2017

The 3000m events at 66th Cork City Sports should prove to be a tactical affair.
In the mens John Buckley Sports sponsored race Collis Bermingham AUS will be one of the main contenders. Bermingham has had a stunning career littered with great performances including finishing in the top 8 in the World Cross Country Championships. He has personal bests that are simply world class. In the 1500m he has run 3.35.5, in 3000m he has a best of 7.35.45, in the 5000m he has rum 13.09.57 and 10,000m he has run 27.29.73. There are only a few athletes in the world that have this kind of range.
Last year Bermingham was attempting to win his third 3000m title at the Cork City Sports which is a feat never before achieved. Collis won in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 Collis’s time was 7.47.97, which is one of the fastest times ever in Cork, and less that 10 seconds short of the meet record set by his countryman Craig Mottram in 2005 at the Mardyke. However he was denied his third title by an up and coming University Of Portland athlete called Reid Buchannan. Buchannan ran a personal best time last year of 7.52.49 and gained the accolade of Athlete of the Meeting for his performance in winning that race.
On July 18th both competitors will renew their rivalry when Bermingham will be coming again to Cork in search of that illusive third 3000m title. Can Buchannan stop him again or  is it possible that several other athletes in the field will have a say in that race such as Brandon Doughty and Joe Stilin from the stable of Ray Flynn, Irish Mile and 1500m record holder and CEO of Flynn Sports Management. Doughty has run 7.47.47 just a few weeks ago and Stillin has a best of 7.49.64. The main Irish challenge will be coming from John Travers, Dave Flynn and Matt Bergin. It should make for an interesting race.
In the womens race, Sponsored by Sport Ireland/ AAI, we see the return Of Marielle Hall, a winner in 2014 and favoured to take her second 3000m title at Cork. This is a very evenly matched race with athletes from Japan, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Ireland, England, Australia and Denmark in the field and all with a chance of taking the title.
The athlete from Denmark, Maja Alm, is an interesting addition to the field. She is is a Danish orienteering competitor who has won six World Championships. She is a superstar in Orienteering circles. She is especially known for her three gold medals on the sprint distance, where she has won the title three years in a row: 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is also a medalist from the Junior World Championships. Since 2006 she has been coached by Danish national coach Lars Lindstrøm. Alm is remarkable for her dominant running speed, which gives her a great advantage over other competitors at the sprint distance.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Published On: 11 Jul 2017

Cork City Sports, is now in its 66th year. It would not be possible to continually host the premium athletics track and field meet on the island of Ireland without the continued support and goodwill from our fantastic sponsors. 

Cork’s 96FM – C103
Barry’s Tea
KBC Bank
Athletics Ireland
Cork ETB 
Glenilen Farm 
O’Leary Insurances
Henry Ford & Son Ltd
Cork City Council
Sport Ireland
John Buckley Sports
Cork Airport
DPS Engineering
Johnson Controls
Cork Airport 
O’Callaghan Properties
Aon Hewitt
Dukes Coffee Company
JCD Group
Cork County Council
FMC International 

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