Four minute mile broken again at International meet

SPORT - LETTERKENNY AC 4-MINUTE MILE EVENT

Four minute mile broken again at International meet

International athletics came to Letterkenny with a bang on Saturday night at the Letterkenny AC Sub 4 Minute Mile Challenge Event.
England’s Lee Emanuel stole the show with an impressive display of world class miling, sending the crowd wild by running 3:59.66 in the grande finale event. Emanuel, a European Indoor silver medallist, was challenged by England’s Robbie Fitzgibbon, who narrowly missed out on his first sub 4 with 4:00.16, and USA’s Ahmed Bile with 4:01.48. The mile race followed some fantastic performances where four meeting records were smashed on the night. For the second year in a row in Letterkenny, an athlete achieved a qualification standard for the Olympic Games, when Petr Frydrych of the Czech Republic threw an incredible 84.10 metres in the javelin, putting himself into 2nd position in the Czech rankings, and hopefully booking his place on the plane to Rio. It was also the second furthest throw ever recorded in Ireland, just 2cm short of the Irish All-Comers record. Meeting records also went to Poland’s Magda Gorzkowska in the Womens 400m (54.53 secs), South Africa’s Hendrik Maartens in the Mens 200m (21.06 secs), and Poland’s Karolina Zawila in the Womens Long Jump (6.14m). Letterkenny AC can be very pleased with the event, with over 80 athletes from 20 countries competing.