Fionnuala Britton fourth in Antrim

Former European cross country champion finishes behind Bahrain pair and Belgian athlete

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton comes in to finish fourth in the women’s international race  at the 2014 Antrim IAAF International Cross Country at Greenmount Campus, Belfast. Photograph:
Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton comes in to finish fourth in the women’s international race at the 2014 Antrim IAAF International Cross Country at Greenmount Campus, Belfast. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

Sat, Jan 4, 2014, 21:18

Fionnuala Britton finished fourth at the Antrim IAAF International cross country on Saturday.

The former European champion posted a time of 18.23 to finish behind winner Mimi Belete of Bahrain and her compatriot, two-time IAAF World Championships 1500m gold medallist Maryam Jamal.

Belgium’s Almensch Belete was third in 18.21.

European Cross Country Championships under-23 bronze medallist Charlotte Purdue was best of the British in fifth, with her teammate and recently crowned European silver medallist Gemma Steel sixth in 18.53.

Michael Mulhare was best of the Irish in the men’s race when finishing seventh in a time of 29.47. Mick Clohissey was 11th in a race won by Japhet Korir of Kenya in 28.40.

Siofra O’Flaherty won the Junior women’s race in 12.47, while in the Junior men’s race Andrew Coscoran finished in fourth.