Cragg Wins Irish 1,500 National Championship
BY ANDRES FOCIL
SANTRY, Ireland – Olympic bound Razorback Alistair Cragg used the Track and Field Championships of Ireland to get ready for the 2004 Summer Games as he captured gold in the 1,500 meters. Cragg endured windy conditions at Morton Stadium to register a time of 3:44.37 for the title. It was a tactical race and after a slow first lap Cragg took the lead the rest of the way, while second-place finisher, Colin Costello, turned in a time of 3:45.34.
The race marked the first time Cragg had competed in Ireland and his new countrymen were very eager to see the seven-time NCAA champion take to the track. Cragg is originally a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, but changed his citizenship two years ago. He will represent Ireland at the Olympics in the 5,000 meters. He officially made the team on April 30 after he bested the “A” standard with a performance of 13:16.98 at Stanford’s Cardinal Invitational.
Cragg will compete in one last race before he travels to Athens, Greece. He will participate in a 5,000 meters in London, England on July 31.
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