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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
Leisureworld 
KBC Bank
Athletics Ireland
Evros
Cork ETB 
Glenilen Farm 
Centra 
SuperValu 
Centra
SuperValu
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 

New Heights At Cork City Sports

Published On: 7 Jul 2017

The High Jump competitions could prove to be a major highlight of the 66th Cork City Sports.
 
The fields in both the mens and womens event this year have some of the best competitors ever assembled in Cork. The meeting record of 2.30 in the mens event, set by Olympian Jamie Nieto USA in 2008, could be broken on July 18th. Likewise the womens record of 1.92 set by Amy Acuff in 2007 could also go.
 
In the mens competition one of the main contenders will be Chris Baker from the UK. He is European Championships Bronze medallist and Top 8 at World Indoor Championships. He is the number two British high jumper behind Robbie Grabarz Olympic Bronze medallist, and  has a best of 2.36 indoors and has jumped 2.27 outdoors already this year. This is over 7 and a half feet or six inches from the ceiling in the average house.
 
Jamal Wilson from the Bahamas with a personal best of 2.30 and has jumped 2.27 already this year.
Norbert Kobielski from Poland has jumped 2.26 already at the end of June and is at his best right now.
Mike Edwards GBR 2.25PB, Darius Purcell and Donte Nall USA 2.27 will all be in with a chance of breaking the record.
 
In the womens competition the main contenders will be Liz Patterson NCAA champion from USA with a personal best of 1.94 and Lavern Spencer from the Santa Lucia, Top 8 at Olympic Games and Pan American Games Champion with a personal best of 1.98.
 
When you stand next to the bar that these people jump over it is difficult to believe that it is possible to get your entire body over it. Cork City Sports invite spectators to get themselves to the standing area at the top bend at CIT stadium on July 18th to get a full appreciation of what these great athletes are capable of doing.
 
 

Cork City Sports To Be Broadcast Live On TG4

Published On: 6 Jul 2017

Cork City Sports will return to live television, when the legendary athletics meeting is broadcast live on TG4, to commence a multi-year deal.

For the event’s 66th running, July 18th this year will mark the first time in twelve years that the Cork City Sports will have aired on live television.

It will also be TG4’s first ever live athletics broadcast, having featured highlights of the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships from 2004 to 2010. TG4’s athletics coverage resumed earlier this year with highlights of the AIT Indoor Grand Prix from Athlone.

Cork City Sports chairman Tony O’Connell said: “This is a big boost for the Cork City Sports in its 66th year. We feel that live television coverage both home and abroad is vital to bring our great meeting to the next level.”

Meet director Joe Hartnett stated: “Going back to the days of Steve Ovett and Yuri Sedykh in the 80s, and Sonia O’Sullivan in the 90s and 00s, the Cork City Sports has always been a highlight of the Cork sporting summer and the Irish athletics summer. Now we hope to find a whole new audience. By becoming higher-profile, we hope to attract many more quality names to Cork City.”

Donal Murnane, Cork City Sports PRO commented: “We are thrilled to be going live on TG4. The channel’s sports coverage is very highly-regarded and we look forward to the Cork City Sports becoming a staple of their live output.”

TG4 head of sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: “TG4 are delighted to commit to this coverage of the Cork City Sports. As a supporter of all sports we believe it is paramount for headline athletics event to be available free-to-air. Athletics has provided some major good news stories for Irish sport down through the years, and in recent years via the medal exploits of Thomas Barr, Ciara Mageean, Mark English, Fionnuala McCormack and Rob Heffernan, and we hope to see more of them in future on TG4.”

TG4’s broadcast will run from 7:20pm to 9pm on Tuesday, July 18th, with commentary from Con Murphy and Dick Hooper, with Mark Rodden reporting.

Coverage will also be available online worldwide via the TG4 Player and live streamed on the Cork City Sports Website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cork City Mile – Showdown

Published On: 4 Jul 2017

The Cork City Mile at the 66th Cork City Sports is set to be one of the most highly competitive races in years.
 
Two of the main contenders are Leo Manzano USA and Patrick Tiernan Australia.
 
Manzano’s list of accolades include Olympic Silver Medalist from the London Games, World Championships Silver medallist, IAAF World Relays Silver medallist and Diamond League winner. He is one of the great American milers having one the first Olympic medal for the USA over 1500m since the great Jim Ryun in 1968, and has been returning to form this season. Coincidentally his agents grandparents came from Kinsale.
 
Patrick Tiernan also has a strong Cork connection. Having been a student at Villanova he was coached by Corks own Marcus O Sullivan. He is a member of Melbourne Track Club and managed by Nic Bideau the partner of Sonia O Sullivan. Tiernan has already had a world lead time earlier this year in the 10,000m and last weekend finished a close 5th place in the Paris Diamond League meeting over 3000m against a star studded field.
 
Also in the field on July 18th are two of the University of Oregon star middle distance runners Sam Prakel and Blake Haney coached by Andy Powell who has coached Matt Centrowitz, gold medallist at 1500m at the Rio Olympics. Robert Domanic USA is also in the field and has run 3.54.7 already in the last few weeks.
 
This race will provide great entertainment for the spectators and should result in multiple sub 4 minute miles on the night.
 

Olympic 1500m Silver Medalist Is Cork Bound

Published On: 3 Jul 2017

USA athlete, Olympic 1500m silver medalist, Leo Manzano is confirmed to compete in the Mile at Cork City Sports.  In the men’s 1,500m final at the London Olympic Games, Manzano closed in the final meters to take the silver medal. It was the first American medal of any kind in the event since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968. 

The New Bolt Is Cork Bound

Published On: 2 Jul 2017

Sydney Siame, the 19 year old sprinting sensation from Zambia who has set one of the fastest time in the world this year 9.87secs (0.2 m/s) is set to appear before the Cork City Sports crowd at CIT stadium on July 18th.
 
It was a show of intent from Siame when he clocked 9.87 secs at an all comers meeting in Lusaka which has garnered him the tag as the NEW Usain Bolt
 
He further underlined the immense potential he had displayed since winning the Youth Olympics GOLD three years ago in Nanjing, and now he has set a new National Record (NR), eclipsing his previous Personal Best of 10.18s. By so doing, Siame has now qualified for the World Championships in London which will be his second appearance at the biennial event, having debuted in Beijing two years ago at age 17.
 

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