BRENDAN BOYCE set a new personal best and broke the Ulster record in the 5,000m walk at the Indoor Elán Meeting in Bratislava today.
Boyce, who is continuing his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio later this year, finished in eighth position in a time of 19 minutes 56.1 seconds.
It broke not only his own personal best in the event, but also broke the Ulster indoor 5,000m walk record, which had stood since February 2002 and was held by Finn Valley’s Jeff Cassin, who did 20:44.65 in Nenagh.
“It’s been a long time coming but I finally cracked the 20min barrier with 19:51,” Boyce wrote on his Facebook page.
“Very positive result for this time of year. At 29 no sign of the progression stopping.”
Ireland’s Rob Heffernan was third in 19:19.83 with Alex Wright’s 19:32.62 seeing him finish fifth in an event won by Tom Boswoth of Britain in a time of 18:54.18.