Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrocks A.C.) has broken the long-standing national 5000m record this evening in The Netherlands.
Competing at the Night of Athletics meet in Heusden, the Dubliner produced the race of his life to finish second in a top-quality field, crossing the line in a time of 13.01.40.
In the process, the 24-year-old knocked two seconds off the previous record which had been held by Alistair Cragg since September 2011. It marks a significant step forward in Fay’s young career.
The time is under the automatic qualifying standard for the World Championships in Budapest as well as next summer’s European Championships in Rome and Olympic Games in Paris.
Fay had been based at the University of Washington after completing his studies at Dublin City University and enjoyed success at NCAA collegiate level.
He has now returned to Dublin where he is being coached once again by Feidhlim Kelly.
In what has been a fruitful 2023 for him so far, he has also lowered his personal best’s over 1500m and the mile and following this evening’s result will soon look to become the first Irishman to break thirteen minutes for the twelve and a half lap event.
- Brian Fay result is HERE