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Irish Indoor Champs Has Stronger Field With International Athletes Competing
from: agent Ricky Simms
January 24, 2008

The Irish Indoor T&F Championships will take place in Belfast next Saturday and Sunday (26 & 27th January).

 A number of international athletes have been invited to raise the standard of the competition and help the Irish athletes in their preparations for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia in March.
 
TOP STAR:
- Roman Sebrle (CZE) - Olympic Champion, World Champion, European Champion, World Indoor Champion, European Indoor Champion, World Record holder - the decathlon star will compete in the shot putt, 60mH and long jump.
 
Events to watch -
 

Hurdles:

Women's 60mH - After the cancellation of World Indoor Champion Derval O'Rourke (IRL) due to a foot injury, European Championships silver medallist Jenny Kallur (SWE) will battle against the in-form Sara Claxton (GBR).
Men's 60mH - Irish Record holder Peter Coghlan (IRL) returns to action against Robbie Hughes (USA) [4th in USATF Champs in 2007], British duo Dominic Gildler (GBR) and Gianni Frankis (GBR) and Olympic Decathlon Champion Roman Sebrle (CZE)
 
Jumps:
Women's HJ - Irish No. 1 Deirdre Ryan (IRL) takes on training partner Julia Hartmann (GER)
Men's HJ - British No. 1 Germaine Mason (GBR) takes on 3 times USA Champion Jamie Nieto (USA) [4th in Olympic Games] while Adrian O'Dwyer (IRL) will be looking to get back to his 2.30m form of 2004.
 
Men's LJ - Olympic Games silver medallist John Moffet (USA), Roman Sebrle (CZE), Chris Kirk (GBR) and Jaroslav Doobrovodsky (SLO) lead the international line up.
Women's LJ - Irish Champion Kelly Proper (IRL) set a National Indoor Record earlier this year (6.25m) and will be tough to beat. 
 
Sprints:
Men's 60m - Two strong USA sprinters - Rae Edwards and Joshua Norman (who won the USA v the World meet on Monday), European Junior silver medallist Leevan Yearwood (GBR), Daniel Cousins (GBR) and Lloyd Rice (GBR) take on the best of the Irish.  Edwards, the former US Junior 100m and 200m Champion, will also run the 200m where he will face local man Paul Brizell (IRL).
Women's 60m - Irish Record holder Anna Boyle (IRL) takes on European relay silver medallist Anyika Onuora (GBR) , European Junior finalist Anika Shand-Wittingham (GBR) and Slovenian pair Kenka Krsakova and Alexandra Stukova.
 
Distance:
Men's 800m - Kenyan Championships silver medallist Richard Kiplagat (KEN) makes his indoor debut and will look to improve James Nolan's Championship Record 1:48.14
Women's 800m - Tara Bird (GBR), who ran 55 secs for 400m last weekend in Lee Valley, will be challenged by defending champion Kelly Reid (IRL).
 
Men's 1500m - World Indoor 1500m Champion Paul Korir (KEN) lines up against local favorites James McIlroy (GBR).
 
Men's 3000m - Steeplechase specialist Adam Bowden (GBR) challenges the top Irish runners Gareth Turnball and Liam Reale
Women's 3000m - World Championships 3000m steeplechase finalist Finoula Britton (IRL) takes on African Junior 3000m & 3000m steeplechase Champion Mercy Njoroge (KEN). 
 

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