Mayo AC women’s 4x100m relay team win National Senior silver medals!

Mayo AC National silver medal winning women’s relay team at Morton Stadium l-r Breege Staunton, Claudia Davey, Colette Tuohy, Rhasidat Adeleke, Angela McVann. (More photos below)

Mayo AC’s sprinters group competed at the 150th running of the Athletics Ireland National Championships taking place at Morton Stadium in Santry on Saturday.

 Given its timing on the final weekend of qualifying for the upcoming World Championships and the quality of athletes competing, it promised to be an exciting edition.

Already, there are nine Irish athletes and the men’s 4×400 metres relay team automatically qualified for the World Championships in Budapest in Hungary next month.

Our senior sprinter Claudia Davey was among 26 entries for the women’s 200m. There were 3 heats. First two  in each + 2 fastest qualified for final.

Claudia finished 4th in heat 1 in 30:73 – there was a strong wind -3 m/s in the race. The time required to progress to the final was 27:23. Well done Claudia!

Heat 1 winner was Katie Bergin Moyne AC 25:54, she went on to win the final in 24:59.

Rhasidat Adeleke dropped out of the 200m on Friday evening. This would have been the only opportunity to see her compete on home soil this year. On advice she decided not to risk injury ahead of Budapest. She will go back to Texas base to train and prepare.

At the end of Saturday’s programme Mayo AC competed in the women’s 4×100 relay. Claudia Davey was joined by three of our masters: Colette Tuohy,  Angela McVann and Breege Staunton. There were just two club teams on the startline, so a medal was there for the taking if they got the baton round. And they duly did that brilliantly to win silver senior national medals – a wonderful unique achievement! And as Colette said afterwards ‘a great experience’.

Dundrum South Dublin AC were winners in 50:65, with our women’s team coming home in 65:17.

Congratulations to all!

Well done also to sprints coach John Walkin who leads the group!

A couple of other Mayo related results: Michaela Walsh Swinford AC won her sixth? National shot put title.

And clubmate Shane Bracken is through to tomorrow’s 1500 final where he will compete against Nick Griggs and last year’s champion Cathal Doyle.

And Cian McPhillips UCD AC will compete against Andrew Coscoran Star of the Sea AC in 800m final.

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