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Frustrated Megan Marrs vows to make improvements ahead of Commonwealth Games


Megan Marrs in action at the Mary Peters Track. Credit: Bob Given

Megan Marrs in action at the Mary Peters Track. Credit: Bob Given

Megan Marrs in action at the Mary Peters Track. Credit: Bob Given

Double European medallist Ciara Mageean and pole vaulter Ellen McCartney turned in impressive Commonwealth nomination standards at the 50th Golden Anniversary Games at the Mary Peters Track.

There wasn’t such good news for Commonwealth hurdles hopeful Megan Marrs, though, as she could only manage runner-up spot in 13.77 secs behind DSD’s Kate Doherty, who took the win in 13.46 secs.

Marrs has recently endured injury nightmares following a good performance for GB in the World Indoors and yesterday’s time was substantially slower than her Commonwealth nomination time of 13.35 secs a year ago.

“I’m not happy at all with that,” she admitted.

“Since the World Indoors, I’ve had six weeks off with an Achilles injury and then a hamstring pull which I felt in today’s race.

“It’s disappointing as I’ve been in the form of my life in training. This is my first race of the season and I’m hoping to show I’m fit for the Games. I’ve got my confidence back and will be racing in Poland just before the final selection date.”

In an event held to commemorate Peters’ famous victory in the 1972 Munich Olympics, the Women’s 800m saw a determined Mageean set out her stall from the onset to mirror her sub-two minute performance at the Malone venue two weeks ago.

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That looked promising when she was among the leaders after a 60secs first lap with GB’s Katie Snowden in close attendance.

The pace slowed in the final 200m, however, with Mageean crossing the line in a still respectable 2 mins 1.34 secs.

Snowden, whom Mageean defeated in Birmingham last week, was second in 2.02.34.

Mageean then went on to display admirable fitness by providing the pace in the 5,000 metres which was won by Sorcha NicDhomnnaill in a fast, with sister Ade taking the runner up spot in 16.03.44. Mid Ulster’s Grace Jackson was just outside her PB in third spot in 16.12.81.

Lisburn AC’s McCartney continued her excellent vaulting form with her third Commonwealth consideration height this year of 4.22m which is an outdoor PB.

Meanwhile, in the Euro Cup 10,000m in France, NI’s Hannah Irwin ran her second fastest time of 32.44.38 for 14th place and second GB finisher.

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