'Shocked' Doherty clocks new junior record at Indoors
YOUNG Dublin sprinter Keith Doherty proved the big surprise package at the Woodies DIY Irish U-23 and Junior Indoor Championships when he set a new Irish junior 60m record of 6.88 seconds in Athlone IT yesterday.
The only Irishman to run faster than Marcus Lawler (SLOT) over 100m last year was Jason Smyth and no one was faster than him over 200m.
But Doherty sensationally broke his U-20 Irish record of 6.90 and the Carlow star even had to settle for third (in 6.95) as Doherty's Tallaght AC clubmate Joseph Ojewumi also pipped him in a highly competitive race in which five men broke seven seconds.
"I'm really shocked, I didn't expect to win a medal, let alone break an Irish record," said Doherty who had earlier set a PB of 7.0 in the heats.
He credited his coaches Daniel Kilgannon and Tony Byrne and giving up football and Olympic handball this season with his remarkable breakthrough.
Lawler bounced back to win the Men's 200m in 21.76, while the women's junior 60m was won by City of Lisburn's Megan Marrs who also did a double in the sprint hurdles.
In-form Bandon sprinter Phil Healy won the U-23 60m ahead of Sarah Lavin and her sister Joan, but Lavin later recorded a new PB in the 60m hurdles (8.33).
Leevale's Sam Healy completed a double in junior hurdles (8.50) and the Long Jump (6.67) and Westport's Caoimhe King considerably improved her U-23 triple jump record to a new mark of 12.68m.
Long hurdles specialist Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) ran a lifetime best of 47.17 to win the U-23 flat 400m, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) romped home in the junior 800m (2:06.29) and Galway's Keith Fallon did a double in the U-23 800m (1:56.78) and 1,500m (4.00.72).