There was more exciting track and field competition on Day 2 at the 150th running of the Athletics Ireland National Championships at newly refurbished Morton Stadium today.
It was another day for umbrellas, but there was a slightly lighter wind than yesterday. All said conditions were testing.
There was disappointment for Mayo AC sprinters who had a team entered in the men’s 4x400m relay but were unable to complete a full squad on the day.
It was a successful Championships for some Connacht athletes.
Sligo AC’s Finley Daly had a convincing win in the men’s 3,000 s/c coming home in 8:56.66, not far off his 8:49pb.
Gerard O’Donnell Carrick-on-Shannon AC won silver in men’s 110m hurdles in 14:29.
18 year old Oisín Joyce Lake District AC won a closely contested men’s javelin title snatching victory with his final throw 70:56 – a pb.
He threw 68:43 in Tullamore just over a week ago.
Clubmate and training partner Conor Cusack who threw 71:21 in Zurich last February was unable to compete through injury.
Keelan Kilrehill Moy Valley AC finished 7th in the men’s 5,000 metres in 14:10. Winner was National record holder Brian Fay Raheny Shamrock AC in 13:39. He now heads to World Championships in Budapest.
Chris O’Donnell North Sligo AC ran a great race to win his sixth 400m national title in 45:96 – an excellent time in the conditions by the Grange athlete.
In the final race of the day Shane Bracken Swinford AC won a well deserved bronze medal in the men’s 1500m in 3:42.05.
In a brilliant tactical championship display, Cathal Doyle Clonliffe Harriers AC 3:40.11 beat Nick Griggs Candour Track AC 3:40.64.
And finally….Well done to Paula Donnellan who was third woman finisher in 29:35 in a 6k trail event at Tahiche/ Teguise Lanzarote on Saturday. Race winner crossed the line in 23:02
Conditions were reported as “tough – heat, wind and wide open desert’.