World Class Athletes Ready to Rock AIT International Grand Prix

Shawn Barber, Canadian World Pole Vault Champion, who will be competing at the 2016 AIT International Grand Prix

World Class Athletes Ready to Rock AIT International Grand Prix

January 26, 2016  |  News  |  Share

The Canadian World Pole Vault Champion, Shawn Barber, has confirmed his attendance at the third annual AIT International Grand Prix. Barber made an impressive start to the season by setting a lifetime best of 6.00m at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno recently. This year’s AIT event is scheduled for Wednesday, 17th of February with doors opening at 6pm.

Another major medallist who has confirmed her intention to compete in AIT is Melissa Bishop, the 800m athlete. Bishop is the current outdoor world championship silver medallist with a PB of 1:57:52.

Barber & Bishop will be joined by 2012 European 200m Champion Churandy Martina (Ned) who will compete in the 60m. His PB in this event is 6.58 seconds which is two hundredths of a second faster than the stadium record set by Winston Barnes (Jam) last year.

German Gese Krause will be back again to try and break the stadium record (4.12.46) she set last year in the women’s 1500m. Krause is the current world championship bronze medallist in the 3000m Steeplechase.

Irish Indoor 800m Record Holder Mark English will compete with other big names expected to confirm in the coming weeks for what is building up to be another star-studded evening in the midlands venue. The 2015 event was the greatest indoor athletics event ever hosted in Ireland. Seven stadium records were broken, multiple all-comers record’s fell, Mutaz Essa Barshim made three attempts at the world indoor high jump record while breaking his own Asian record, and Ben Blankenship ran the first ever sub four minute mile indoors in Ireland.

AIT president, Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin, said: “We have a really top field of athletes lined up again for the grand prix next month. In fact, the fields this year will be filled with a deeper level of talent than we have ever had. We are very excited about the event as are many Athletics fans in Ireland. Ticket prices are very competitive again this year. There are not many events in the world where you will witness such top class sportspeople at such prices”.

Event Date: Wednesday the 17th of February

Doors Open: 6pm Event Start: 6.30pm

Ticket Prices: Seated €20, Standing €10.

Click the following link to buy your tickets now!!! Grand Prix Tickets 2016

10 Seated Tickets (Group Discount): Buy 10, get them for €15 each, Phone 090 64-83018


See Mutaz Essa Barshim (Quatar) breaking the Asian High Jump Record and Ben Blankenship (USA) running the first ever sub 4 minute mile indoor in Ireland at the 2015 AIT Grand Prix:   

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