1 Aug 2009 - Athletics - Gillick claims another national title

Gillick clocked an impressive 21.43seconds to see off Darragh Graham of Sli Chulann (21.55), and may well have improved on his personal best but for a strong headwind.

Eileen O'Keeffe secured her ninth national hammer title with a throw of 69.91m. O'Keeffe will be competing at the World Championships in Berlin in two weeks and a throw of this calibre could see her make the final.

O'Keeffe also won the discus with a throw of 43.86m.

Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC won the long jump and the 200m events.

Proper's leap of 6.68m was the longest jump ever by an Irish woman, but won't enter the record books as it was wind assisted (+3).

Thw 21-year-old then beat club-mate Niamh Whelan in the 200m on the track, clocking 24.34 as opposed to her opponent's 24.68.

Olive Loughnane of Athenry AC won the 3km walk in a personal best of 21:03.45, knocking almost four seconds of her previous PB.

Fionnuala Britton won the steeplechase in 10:04.95 and will be hoping that her B standard time set earlier in the season will be enough to get her to Berlin.

Martin Fagan failed to finish the men's 10,000m due to Achilles problems and selection for the World Championships now looks doubtful. The race was won by Josphat Boit in 29:44.55. Club-mate Cibanu Serguie finished second in 30:51.42 helping to secure the team championships gold medal for Clonliffe.

Cross country specialist Linda Byrne of Dundrum South Dublin AC won the women's 5000m in style in 16:39.62 from Rosemary Ryan of Bilboa AC in 16:45.48.

Mary McLoone won the triple jump title in 12.75m and she also finished second in the long jump.

Irish junior record holder Colin Quirke of Crusaders won the shot putt in a new personal best of 15.90m.