24 May 2017
Adam Kirk-Smith became the seventh NI athlete to meet a Commonwealth Games consideration standard when he ran 8:37.62 for the 3000m steeplechase in Belgium on Saturday night (27 May 2017). Kirk-Smith placed 15th in a high quality race won by Spain’s Daniel Arce Ibañez in 8:29.24.
The Lisburn man’s time knocked a massive nine seconds off his previous best set only six days earlier at the Loughborough International. It also places the Derry Track Club athlete fifth on merit of the seven who have gained consideration standards to date.
Derry Track Club’s five-time Paralympic gold medallist Jason Smyth braved the wet and miserable conditions in Tullamore to clock 22.33 seconds (-1.0) and qualify for this summer’s IPC Championships in London.
Conor McIlveen succumbed to the poor weather and finished outside the 4:40 target he was looking for in the 1500m. He will now have to sweat it out to see if he gains selection for the London Paralympics.