Saturday 25 February 2017

Walsh and King smash records

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Louise Shanahan and Carla Sweeney both bowed out of the 800m after finishing sixth in their respective semi-finals. Stock photo: PA
Louise Shanahan and Carla Sweeney both bowed out of the 800m after finishing sixth in their respective semi-finals. Stock photo: PA

Irish athletes were in record-breaking form at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland yesterday.

Swinford's Michaela Walsh finished 11th in the women's shot put final, having broken her own national record in qualification with a throw of 15.31m. Her best in the final was 14.73m.

"It's great being on a stage like this and it'll be great experience for the next few years," she said.

Adam King broke the Irish U-20 record in qualification round of the men's hammer throw, his best effort of 71.60m sending him through to tomorrow night's final. Owen Russell narrowly missed out after finishing sixth with a best of 70.34m.

Louise Shanahan and Carla Sweeney both bowed out of the 800m after finishing sixth in their respective semi-finals. Shanahan ran a season's best of 2:08.43, while Sweeney clocked 2:07.78, leaving both athletes well satisfied with their efforts.

Jenna Bromell also saw her championship come to a close after finishing eighth in the semi-final of the women's 400m, her time of 55.20 not enough to see her advance.

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