Above and beyond this:
Cathal Lombard was coming off a brilliant personal best at 10,000m when he ran 28.05.27 in Watford a fortnight ago. The Leevale lad was back on track in Heusden hoping to better his 5k best of 13.39.54 that the set earlier this season. He ran a fearless race, mixing it up with four Kenyans throughout, eventually finishing a superb fifth in a time of 13:19.22 - a 20 second personal best! More importantly he reached the World Championship and Olympic A qualifying standard in the 5,000m adding to the 10,000m B standard he already achieved earlier this summer. Lombard now also moves into 7th on the all-time Irish 5000m list and overtakes U.S. collegiate star Alistair Cragg at the top of the Irish 5000m rankings for 2003. This season alone, Lombard has knocked more than 35 seconds off his 5,000m personal best!