Beesley and Dunderdale seek qualification marks in Letterkenny

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Meghan Beesley is the latest international addition to the Womens 400m Hurdles race at the Letterkenny International Track & Field Meeting which is due to take place this Friday night 7th July.

Beesley won the silver medal as part of the English team in the 4 x 400m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. She is also a World Junior bronze medallist and European U-23 bronze medallist in the 400m Hurdles with a personal best of 54.52secs. Beesley just last weekend claimed the silver medal at the British championships running a seasons best of 56.68 secs, and will be coming to Letterkenny to chase the qualification standard of 56.10 secs for the World Athletics championships which are due to take place in the London Olympic Stadium in August.

Another last minute addition to the field will be African Games finalist Aisha Naibe-Wey from Sierra Leone. Already confirmed are Hayley McLean (England), Joanna Banach (Poland), Jean-Mare Senekal (South Africa) as well as Athletics Ireland athletes Christine Mc Mahon, Arlene Crossan, Kate McGowan and Laura Frey. What a race we might have in store for us in the womens 400m hurdles!

Newly crowned British javelin champion Joe Dunderdale will be coming to Letterkenny to make his mark on the infield at the Letterkenny International Track & Field meeting on Friday night. Dunderdale won the British title with a throw of 73.58m in Birmingham last weekend. The Sheffield athlete has a personal best of 76.13m, and will be attempting the Commonwealth Games standard of 77.00m. Dunderdale won the 2015 event in Letterkenny, and held the meeting record before it was broken last year with 84.10m, the second furthest throw of all time on Irish soil, by Petr Frydrych of the Czech Republic, who went on to make the Olympic final one month after appearing in Letterkenny.

Fellow English athlete, Joe Harris, who took the bronze medal behind Dunderdale at the British championships with a lifetime best throw of 70.50m, will also be looking to challenge for the win. He will be joined by Scottish thrower Greg Millar, who has also thrown over 70m with a PB of 71.15 set at the Loughborough International meeting in May of this year. With a host of exciting action on both the track and field, there is only one place for sports fans to be this Friday night, and that’s the Danny McDaid track, Aura Leisure Centre where the action gets underway at 7pm.