Brian Fay ran the fastest 3000m steeplechase by an Irishman in 36 years on Thursday evening.
Sprinting through the finish line, the 22-year-old won the Manchester Invitational event in 8:33.93. Great Britain's Daniel Jarvis finished second in 8:39.49 with Canada's Matthew Hughes third in 8:45.01.
It’s an easy win for @brianfay98 with 8:33.93 in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. #ManchesterInvitational pic.twitter.com/MygISHN0PM
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) May 27, 2021
The run puts the Raheny Shamrock man fourth on the all-time Irish list. The last time an Irish athlete ran faster was when Brendan Quinn set the national record of 8:24.09 in Brussels in 1985.
Fay was not the only Irish athlete in action in Manchester. Ellie McCartney set a new Irish U23 record of 4.15m in the pole vault. It continues a good run of form for McCartney. Earlier this month, she broke the Irish U23 indoor record with a vault of 4.05m.
⭐ Congratulations to Ellie McCartney on her new U23 Irish Pole Vault Record of 4.15m at last night's Manchester Invitational⭐
Speaking after the event, she said "I’m so pleased that it all came together in great conditions tonight!”#NIUlsterInAction #CommonwealthPotential pic.twitter.com/YTxc2x13E3
— Athletics NI (@AthleticsNI) May 28, 2021
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