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Last night.

The Irish Distance Medley Relay team – Declan Murray and Brian Gregan, from Clonliffe Harriers AC in Dublin; Mark English, from UCD; and US-based Ciarán Ó Lionáird, from Leevale AC in Cork – ran at the Armory in New York and finished second behind the US team.

A Distance Medley Relay, unlike the 4 x 100m or 4 x 400m relay, sees four people run four different distances [400m, 800m, 1200m and 1600m].

Last night’s race saw the US finish in 9.19.93, to break the world record of 9.25.97.

The Irish team also finished under the previous world record with a time of 9.25.37.

The four men will compete in the 2015 Morton Games in Dublin on July 24.

Ciarán Ó Lionáird, pictured top, writes:

“Last night, Ireland, a country of less than 5 million people put four guys on the line to try for a world record in the Distance Medley Relay against middle distance powerhouses USA and Kenya, as well as a bunch of other talented teams.

We ran under the old world record but came up short to a very talented US team. That said, I’m very proud to be a part of a nation with a rich tradition in middle distance and we are back mixing it on the world stage again. It’s an exciting time to be an Irish athlete.”

Pic: John Nepolitan

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (Facebook)

Clonliffe duo on Irish record breaking team that places 2nd (Clonliffe Harriers)

Oregon-fueled USA DMR sets a world record in New York; Cam Levins posts a winning double (Oregon Live)

10 thoughts on “Defiant Baton Charge

  1. Soundings

    Holy moley! The USA took six seconds off a 10-minute record? And Ireland beat the previous record.

    But six seconds? How did the manage it? Its an average of 25 km/hour but its split across four runners. Is the medley a new race? Sorry, just looking for reasons to begrudge what looks like an heroic feat by the US (and the Irish).

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