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