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Cléirigh Büttner's Record Breaking 800m Continues Incredible Three Weeks

Cléirigh Büttner's Record Breaking 800m Continues Incredible Three Weeks

On Sunday night in Arkansas, at an American Track League meeting, Síofra Cléirigh Büttner did just as Nadia Power had done four days earlier.

The 25-year-old Dundrum South Dublin athlete broke the Irish 800m indoor record with a run of 2:00.58. It improved on the 2:00.98 mark which Power set in Torun last week.

Cléirigh Büttner finished second in the race behind American Heather Maclean.

The new record continued what has been an incredible three weeks for Irish women's 800m running. In late January, Power first broke the record with a 2:02.44 run in Vienna and did so again in Torun.

At a micro meeting of elite Irish athletes in Abbotstown over the weekend, several Irish records, new personal bests and European Indoor Championship qualifying times were set.

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The meeting included a remarkable 800m won by Georgie Hartigan in 2:01.48. At the time, it was the second fastest indoor 800m ever run by an Irish woman. That race also saw Louise Shanahan run 2:01.67 and Iseult O'Donnell run 2:02.29, and created the incredible stat the the six fastest indoor 800m times by Irish women had all been run in the previous three weeks.

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