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Mollie boosts her Commonwealth hopes with classy triumph for NI

 

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles hopeful Mollie Courtney significantly enhanced her selection hopes with a Games qualification time of 13.41 seconds when winning for Northern Ireland in the Home Countries International in Manchester last night.

Courtney (below) set a season's best time to defy the cold and windy conditions to record a time well within the Gold Coast qualification mark of 13.45 seconds.

She has enjoyed a memorable season with an Inter Counties title and a bronze medal in the British Championships.

The Northern Ireland Men's 400m relay team were also victorious in a time of three minutes and 7.27 seconds, which was five seconds outside the NI record set in 1998.

In the steeplechase, the anticipated battle between Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty and England's Iona Lake never quite materialised.

Lake pursued the race pacemaker from the gun and was never seriously challenged by Olympian O'Flaherty. The Norwich girl crossed the line in nine minutes and 48.89 seconds, some 70ms ahead of O'Flaherty.

There were fifth places for Andrew Mellon in the 400m (48.19 seconds) and Anne Marie McGlynn in the 3,000m, where her time of nine minutes and 23.27 seconds was only two seconds outside her PB.

Lisburn's Amy Foster, meanwhile, was also fifth in the 200m, as was Lydia Mills in the long jump (5.65m).

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