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Lisburn ace Amy Foster hits heights Down Under

By Brian Hill

Amy Foster continued her impressive season in Australia with a classy 23.3 seconds time over 200m in a meeting at the University of Brisbane.

The Ulster sprinter’s time would have been a qualification mark for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the same city were it not for a following wind being over the permitted limit.

It is however Amy’s fastest ever reading and indicates that the 28-year-old Lisburn AC woman is in a position to threaten her own NI record of 23.53 secs set in China back in 2011.

Foster, who competed in the last Games in Glasgow, started her season in style down under a month ago with a 11.49 secs timing over 100m in Brisbane.

Annadale’s Paul Pollock has  already qualified for the Games  after a  personal best marathon performance of 2 hrs 15 mins 30 secs set in Japan a few days ago.  North Down high hurdler Ben Reynolds is another in-form athlete  following his recent  qualification for next month’s European Indoors in Belgrade.

Meanwhile, at the British Indoor Trials in Sheffield, local long jumper Adam McMullen of Crusaders secured a season’s best performance of 7.51m for fifth place behind Dan Bramble of Shaftesbury who took gold with 7.80m.

Newcastle’s Kerry O’Flaherty was sixth in the 3,000m in 9.19.51 behind winner Eilish McColgan (9.05.07). QUB’s Emma Mitchell was 11th in 9.31.20.

Meanwhile, former GB athlete Jenny Meadows believes IAAF President Sebastian Coe is the right man to revive the sport.

Meadows (35) last week learned her European 2010 800m bronze medal had been upgraded to silver, seven months after her retirement, after Russia’s Mariya Savinova was handed a four-year drugs ban and had a period of results annulled.

“I think Seb is great at delivering. He delivered on the track, he delivered off the track at London 2012,” she said.

“If he doesn’t do it, I don’t know who else can.”

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