WATCH: Andrew Coscoran dives for glory as he overtakes Cathal Doyle in Morton Mile victory at Sentry

In what was to be the last race on the current track at Morton Stadium, a quintet of Irish mercenaries ensured it proved to be an unforgettable one.

Lympian Andrew Coscoran had to put all his might – and a spectacular finish-line dive – to win ahead of national champion Cathal Doyle at the Morton Games on Saturday night, becoming 26-year-old Morton Mile’s first Irish champ. Since James Nolan in 2004.

Koscoran engaged in a thrilling home-straight duel with Doyle and he overtook the Clonleaf athlete just a few meters from the line, but a well-rounded lunge took him just two hundredths of a second in 3:57.09. Inspired me to win.

National 5000m champion Darragh McElhney finished third with 3:58.15, Shane Bracken of Swinford was fourth with 3:58.28 and Callum Davis of Australia finished fifth with 3:58.36. Irish middle-distance running star Nick Griggs, 17, clocked a remarkable 3:58.51 in sixth place.

Koskoran sidelined last weekend’s national championships due to illness, but said he is “completely healthy and ready to go” for the world championships in Oregon later this month.

He said, ‘I am happy to win. “I’m training at a higher level than ever before, the preparation has been good and I look forward to being competitive there.” Elsewhere, Luke McCann posted a huge personal best of 3:35.65 in Hesden, Belgium.

Back in Sentry, where work on a new track is due to begin next week, teen sprint star Israel Olatunde showed that the current surface can still produce fast times. He finished second in the men’s 100 m in 10.26 (0.4 m/s), breaking his own Irish under-23 record in 10.22 in a race won by Britain’s Andrew Robertson.

Sarah LaVine ran almost simultaneously in the women’s 100m hurdles, the Emerald AC star leading a strong field to clear eight hurdles, but a mistake there cost her dearly and she won the USA in 13.10 Jade was runner-up with Barber (12.97).

There was a stadium record in the men’s shot put from crowd favorite Nick Ponzio, the Italian producing an impressive 20.98m in damp conditions. Rahani’s Eric Favre finished second with 19.57m.

Sophie Baker continued her stellar form by winning over the 400m in 52.69, while her training partner Jack Raftey did the same in the men’s race, finishing ahead of fellow Irishman Marcus Lawler (47.48) in 47.04.


Star of the Sea AC’s Andrew Coscoran celebrates with the Cup after winning the Morton Mile during the 2022 Morton Games at Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. Photo: David Fitzgerald / Sportsfile

Britain’s Lizzie Bird beat home favorite Sarah Healy in the women’s section of 4:30.67 with Healy’s time of 4:31.50. National 800m champion Louise Shanahan came in close second in the women’s 800m, surpassing Britain’s Isabelle Boffey, who took 2:03.22, with Shanahan’s 2:03.57.

The men’s 5000 meters saw the crowd stand on their feet with a spirited effort from Clonleaf’s Ephraim Gidi, but the 21-year-old ran out of gas and came home fifth, still clocking a PB of 13:44.59. The race was won by Australia’s Jackson Sharp in 13:33.77.