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Zoe Brown raises bar with new record

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games-bound pole vaulter Zoe Brown received a rapturous reception at the Woodie's Irish Senior Indoors Athletics Championships when she set a new Northern Ireland and Irish All Comers record of 4.31 metres to successfully retain her title.

The 30-year-old Raheny Shamrock's athlete added one centimetre to her own record, which was set in 2012.

"I am very pleased with that performance," said Brown.

"I knew after last week's bronze medal in the British Championships when I vaulted 4.16 metres that there was more to come.

"I have been using new bigger poles for only 10 days which was a bit risky, but it it is clearly paying off. I am also fitter and stronger than ever so it is all coming together".

Zoe made three commendable attempts before failing at 4.36 metres. Ballymena's Clare Wilkinson took silver with 3.80 metres.

Zoe's indoor season is now completed and she will now focus on her third Commonwealths, which are in Glasgow in July and possibly the Europeans two weeks later.

In the Women's 60m Irish sprint star Amy Foster of Lisburn AC had another outstanding run when she took yet another Irish title in a PB time of 7.32 secs, which is a qualification mark time for the World Indoors Championships in Poland next month. Her arch rival Phil Healy took silver with 7.37 secs.

Foster experienced the frustration of initially being timed at 7.34 secs before the result was rounded down.

"I am really pleased as I have been pretty consistent, beginning with my 7.33 secs time in the British Championships," said Amy.

Long jumper Adam McMullan set a superb PB of 7.48 metres, which added some 11 cms to his previous best.He won by some 23 cms ahead of Leevale's Benjamin Guillou.

North Down's Curtis Woods just missed out on the medals in the 400m when he finished fourth in 49.50 secs behind winner Thomas Barr of Ferrybank ( 47.05). Crusaders athlete Jason Harvey was sixth in the 200m in 22.28 secs. The race was won by Marcus Lawler in 21.19 secs.

In the equivalent Women's event Ferrybank's Kelly Proper set a Stadium record to win with 23.56 secs.

In the absence of UK 800 metres bronze medallist Katy Kirk of Lagan Valley, who had a cold, victory went to UCD's Ciara Everard, who won in a time of 2.06.23.

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