EMACS 2019 Venice: A tough day for Pauline Moran

In recent years Pauline Moran has won track medals regularly at both the Irish Masters outdoor and indoor track championships.

She usually competes in three races over the space of a few hours –  800, 1500, and 3,000 metres – and has had wonderful medal success which has regularly been documented here.

Today, following last Sunday’s silver medal win in the 4k cross country she competed in two W60 EMACS finals in different venues. The local temperatures ranged from 22C in the morning to a very hot 28 in the afternoon.

At 10:15 she lined up for the 5,000 metres at Stadio Communale Eraclea. However, although not on the published start list she was allowed line up.

 Pauline ran a great time – 20:47 to finish second. It had transpired that when she entered her EMACS events she mistook Tuesday’s 10,000 metres for 10k road race. The 10,000 metres event is run on the track. When she realised that she did start in that race. As a result she was disqualified from the 5,000 metres and lost out on a silver medal. The Irish officials lodged an appeal on her behalf, but the event rules were applied and the decision was upheld – “rejected by Technical Delegate (wrong confirmation)”

The race was won by Marisol Ramos (Esp) in 20:33 – fourteen seconds ahead of Pauline. The European record is 18:48 held by Lidia Zentner (Ger) in 2013.

W60 5,000 metres results:

http://www.fidal.it/risultati/2019/COD7632/Day5711.htm

After that huge disappointment not to mention the stress, Pauline took the 10k road trip from Eraclea to the coast at Jesolo having been allowed to compete in the final of W60 800 metres at Stadio Armando Picchi at 15:30.

There was a field of 12 and she was one of three on the startlist along with Barbi (Italy) and Jeffries (GBR) with previous best times in the range 2:40-2:44.

In very hot conditions she finished fourth in 2:51.89, four seconds behind third placed Jeffries. The race winner was Barbi (ITA) in 2:44.57.

The European W60 record is 2:33.

“I just didn’t have it in me”, she said afterwards. “Such a nightmare and all my own making”.

We can well understand. What a day and another big disappointment for our star.

However, we are all so proud of Pauline’s achievements and confident that we’ll soon see her back in action and adding to her European silver.

W60 800m results:

http://www.fidal.it/risultati/2019/COD7632/Day5451.htm