Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (centre) on the way to winning   the Aon Men’s International 100m in Santry. His time of 10.12 is the fastest ever run in Ireland.  Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Kingston, Jamaica, it was not, although Yohan Blake brought a little taste of the Caribbean to Santry Stadium on Friday night, running the fastest (...)

The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

Kelly Proper on her way to winning the women’s 200m final at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the Athlone International Arena. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IAN O’RIORDAN Only a medical student could talk about recruiting as many fast twitch muscle fibres as possible in such exact terms. For Mark English (...)

Ireland’s Richard Morrissey, Thomas Barr, Brian Murphy and Brian Gregan  celebrate setting a 4x4oom relay national record and  qualifying for Sunday’s final. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Thomas Barr may have missed a place in his hurdles final but he delivered a terrific run over the 400 metres flat to anchor Ireland’s place in the Eur(...)

France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad takes his jersey off as he approaches the finish line in the men’s 3’000m steeplechase final of the European Athletics Championships in the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

As sporting celebrations go not many athletes would have the nerve to pull off their running vest while clearing the final hurdle in the 3,000 metres(...)

Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France takes his vest off as he clears the last jump on his approach to the finish line to claim gold in the men’s 3000 metres Steeplechase final  at the 22nd European Athletics Championships at Stadium Letzigrund, Zurich. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

As sporting celebrations go not many athletes would have the nerve to pull off their running vest before clearing the final hurdle in the 3,000 metres(...)

Ireland’s Kelly Proper (centre) finishes fourth in her heat of the Women’s 200m, qualifying for this evening’s semi-final in Zurich. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Kelly Proper ran a personal best of 23.15 to come fifth in the first women’s 200m semi-final this evening but fell just short of qualifying for the Eu(...)

Ireland’s Mark English finishes fourth in the Men’s 800m semi-finals behind winner Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France and second placed Artur Kuciapski of Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He pumped his fist in the air after just 300 metres, which might seem like a dangerously premature celebration for an 800 metres race. Except this was(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird (centre) will be joined by  Paul Robinson and John Travers in the 1,500 metres at the European Championships next month. Photograph: Inpho

A team of 30 Irish athletes with at least three medal favourites have been selected for the European Athletics Championships, which take place in Zuri(...)

Ciarán Ó Lionáird from Leevale on his way to winning his 1,500m heat at the Morton Stadium.

So the stage is now set for a fascinating 1,500 metres showdown at the National Track and Field Championships at Santry - after the four main contende(...)