Friday 30 September 2016

Teen smashes heptathlon record to secure spot at world champs

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

Ireland's Ciara Mageean proved she is well on her way back to the top in Oordegem, Belgium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland's Ciara Mageean proved she is well on her way back to the top in Oordegem, Belgium. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Elizabeth Morland of Cushinstown AC confirmed herself as a future star of the multi-events by smashing the Irish junior and senior heptathlon record, recording a tally of 5545 points to take victory with ease at the Glohealth National Combined Events Championships.

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Morland's mark removed Kelly Proper's previous record of 5442, and qualifies the 18-year-old to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in July.

The men's title was won by Shane Aston of Trim AC with a total of 6398 points.

The meeting was run in conjunction with the AAI Games in Santry, an event where Adam King of Iveragh AC launched the hammer out to 70.48m, which also qualifies him to compete in Bydgoszcz.

Elsewhere, Leevale race walker Alex Wright continued his preparations for the Olympic Games with an impressive showing over 20km in Spain, setting a personal best of 1:21:56.

Ciara Mageean proved she is well on her way back to the top in Oordegem, Belgium, running 4:08.06 to take victory over 1500m.

Newport sprinter Sharlene Mawdsley had a breakthrough performance at the same meeting, running 23.55 for 200m to achieve a B-standard for the European Championships. Marcus Lawler did likewise in the men's equivalent, running 20.91.

The Irish junior men's and women's 4x100m teams qualified for the World Junior Championships with times of 40.97 and 45.54 respectively, while the senior women's 4x400m squad were fourth in 3:44:36.

Also in Belgium, Sara Treacy was just outside her PB when running 9:44.56 to place fourth in the 3000m steeplechase, while Waterford's David McCarthy made a welcome return to racing after prolonged injury with a 13:42.24 time for 5000m.

Meanwhile, Athletics Ireland announced over the weekend that Sergiu Ciobanu was unsuccessful in his appeal against the selection decision which saw him omitted from the Olympic marathon team.

CATHAL DENNEHY

Irish Independent

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