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Distance runner Mitchell breaks 21-year-old NI 5000m record

 

By Brian Hill

Banbridge's Emma Mitchell continued her record breaking season with a new NI 5,000 metres time in Solihull at the weekend.

Her time of 15.50.55 took nearly three seconds off the old record set by Teresa Duffy back in 1996, in St Denis, Paris.

It also takes Mitchell to the top of this year's Irish time lists.

The breaking of the 21-year-old record is part of a pattern for the 23-year-old QUB student, who earlier this month got to within just two seconds of Kerry O'Flaherty's NI Outdoors 3,000 metres record when she recorded a PB of 9.11.89, which is also the fastest time over the distance in Ireland this year.

This season Mitchell is aiming for the Commonwealth Games standard over 5,000m - 15.39.

Mitchell has already achieved the World University Games qualification mark for the 10,000 metres of 34.15 for August's Championships.

Meanwhile, in the Long Jump in Clermont, Florida, Belfast's Adam McMullen set a new PB of 7.85m, the qualification mark for the Brisbane Games.

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