Saturday 19 August 2017

Irish team win bronze at European Race Walking Cup

Brendan Boyce, in the 50km event, had to settle for fourth in 3:49:49. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Brendan Boyce, in the 50km event, had to settle for fourth in 3:49:49. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Irish race walking proved its mettle with a trio of athletes taking bronze medals over 20km at the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady, Czech Republic, today.

They were led home by Leevale’s Alex Wright, sixth in 1:21:48. Rob Heffernan finished 13th in 1:22:40, with Cian McManamon next home for the Irish in 26th, in 1:24:03. That brought the team home third on 45 points.

Brendan Boyce, in the 50km event, had to settle for fourth in 3:49:49.

Elsewhere, throwing star Michaela Walsh won the junior hammer at the Werfertage meeting in Halle, Germany.

Back at home, Sommer Lecky’s national junior high jump record of 1.85m at the provincial schools championships equalled Deirdre Ryan’s mark, from 2001. 

At the Munster schools’ in Cork,  Ciara Neville took the senior girls’ 100m title in 11.82 and was runner-up to Kate Taylor of Ennis in the 100m hurdles, while Sharlene Mawdsley won the senior 200m and 400m. Darragh McElhinney won the senior boys’ 1500m. Jamie Mitchell, of Ardscoil Rís, took a 100m and 200m sprint double. 

Mark Smyth did likewise at the Leinster schools’ in Santry. Kate O’Connor won the intermediate girls’ shot put and set a record of 42.29m in the javelin. Ruby Millet won the intermediate girls’ long jump.

Emma Mitchell was the leading Irish athlete in Highgate, London, clocking 32:51.78 for 10,000m to finish seventh. Mark Christie was 15th in the men’s race in 29:26.61.

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