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Wright on time to land his place in Irish squad

Published 15/06/2015

Athletics: Willowfield's Andrew Wright seals his spot on the Irish under-23 squad after an impressive display in the 1,500m at the Irish Milers Club meeting in Le Cheile.

The 21-year-old ace battled his way to a personal best time of three minutes 48.80secs to secure qualification for the European U23 Championships in Tallin next month.

The race was won by Team GB international Tom Lancashire in a fast time of 3.40.04. Wright will now join a small Irish team for Tallin of 10 plus a relay squad.

Northern Ireland will be well represented in Tallin, with Commonwealth Games hammer finalist Dempsey McGuigan, European 800m indoor silver medallist Mark English and Ballymena sprinter Jonathan Browning already securing their places.

In the 800m, eight athletes dipped under the one min 50secs barrier. Ireland's Karl Griffin took the victory in 1.49.05 with Finn Valley's Mark Hoy recording a PB of 1.49.68. In the women's event, Lisburn's Kelly Neely turned the tables on Rachel Gibson to finish ahead of her in third place.

Meanwhile, the Enniskillen 10K race was won by Omagh's Stephen Duncan in 32mins 16secs with Finn Valley's Donna Evans taking the ladies' title.

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