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Molly Scott Sets New Irish 60m Record Despite Race Mishap

Molly Scott Sets New Irish 60m Record Despite Race Mishap
By PJ Browne Updated

Molly Scott set a new Irish 60m record as she became national champion at Abbotstown on Sunday afternoon.

The Carlow sprinter ran 7.19 seconds as she won gold at the National Indoor Championships ahead of Lauren Roy (7.43) in second and Sarah Leahy (7.46) in third.

The 22-year-old actually regained the record which Rhasidat Adeleke had taken from her on February 5th. On January 29th, Scott ran 7.23 to break Amy Foster's four-year-old Irish record, but just seven days later, in Albuquerque, Adeleke ran 7.21.

Molly Scott breaks 60m record

Scott broke the record on Sunday despite the final having to be rerun after a mishap with the timing system in the original race. An hour later, the eight finalists lined up again with Scott making it a memorable day.

"Over my career I've set so many goals," she told RTÉ Radio One's Sunday Sport.


"In sport sometimes they just don't happen. This year I've worked really hard, really consistently. I timed pretty much everything all winter. I knew where I was heading, and knew I could run 7.20. I knew there was a 7.19 in me. I painted the number in gold on the back of my phone. I've been looking at it every single day all winter. That was the number I wanted to run.

"Obviously, the clock didn't work in the first final. That was really frustrating. The athlete in me was really annoyed. I just tried to take the anger and aggression out on the next one. I was like, 'I'm not having this record taken away from me. I deserve it'.

"When I originally ran the 7.23 a month ago. Rhasidat broke it six days later, or something like that, which was funny. I was like, 'Typical me!'


"Having someone else there that is breaking records, and pushing you on, is the best thing. Her breaking that record was the best thing that could happen to me. It didn't make me complacent."

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