Six Longford athletes are named to Connacht’s newly ratified athletic record list, a list that includes former and current Olympians and several internationals.
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Longford falls under the Connacht Athletics Association and is the only county that does not fall under the traditional provincial structures that exist in the GAA.
Ray Flynn, Enda Fitzpatrick, Aisling Molloy, Yemi Talabi, Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips are the names of Longford on the record list compiled following extensive research of the results by the Connacht Athletics task force of Pierce O’Callaghan, Seamus Lynch , Iain Shaw and Ronan O’Hart.
The Irish Mile record of 3: 49.77, set by Ray flynn in July 1982, is expected to last a 39th year and may well reach four full decades of existence next year.
Only one Irishman since 2000 has walked the mile distance within five seconds of Ray’s national record. Ray also holds the records for the 1500m, 2000m, 3000m and 5000m in the Connacht ranking.
Enda FitzpatrickThe 2000m race of 2: 17.87 in 1986 remains Connacht’s fastest time and the second fastest Irish time of all time. Enda is now one of the best coaches in Ireland.
Aisling Molloy is the province’s benchmark among female middle distance athletes with the best times produced in the 800m, 1500m and mile. Aisling is a six-time national 800m champion.
Longford’s current crop of top juniors have added their names to the record list in recent years. Yemi Talabi holds Connacht’s record for the women’s long jump for her brilliant effort of 6.02m, when she was just 15, to win the 2018 inter-girl school title.
Nelvin AppiahThe fantastic 2.10m leap to senior boys’ glory in 2019 schools leads the way in the province’s men’s standings for the high jump event.
The most recent record on the list is the men’s 800m in 1: 46.13 Cian McPhillips in February. This superb performance helped secure both an Irish Under-20 and Under-23 record and qualifying time for the European Indoors in March in Poland.
Cian is set to start his 1500m outdoor track season when he meets the Irish Milers Club in Belfast on May 29.
The complete list of records can be found on the Connacht Athletics website.
Legend: Nelvin Appiah, in the Moyne CS jersey, makes his way to gold in the 2019 Irish Schools Senior High Jump to a height of 2.10m, which is also the Connacht men’s record