Athletics Ireland Micro Meeting (15th May)
European Cup Qualification for Cormac Dalton
At the Athletics Ireland Micro Meeting at Munster Technological University in Cork on Saturday 15th May, Cormac Dalton competed over the 10,000m distance for the first time and recorded an excellent win in 29 minutes 19.75 seconds. In doing so, Cormac was comfortably inside the European Cup qualification standard of 29 minutes 27.11 seconds. After the pace-maker dropped out before the midpoint of the race, Cormac confidently moved to the front before he and the other leading contenders sensibly rotated the pace-making duty. This ensured that they continued to maintain the 4 minutes 40 seconds per mile pace that was required to achieve the European Cup qualification standard. On the final lap Cormac produced his usual strong finish, covering the final 400m in 65 seconds to win the race. He now awaits confirmation of selection for the European Cup in Birmingham, England on June 5th.
UPDATE 18th May – Athletics Ireland has selected a team of 5 athletes, including Cormac Dalton, to compete at the European 10,000m Cup to be held in Birmingham, Great Britain on June 5th. AAI views the 2021 European 10,000m Cup as a Performance Development event which can provide an opportunity to foster greater depth in the distance events, an opportunity to attain qualifying standards for upcoming Championships, and can contribute to enhanced team performances at the European Cross Country Championships.