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Coghlan jumps on Metro first

John Coghlan won the senior men's race at the Dublin Cross-Country Championships in Santry today -- a first for the Metro St Brigid's club.

Coghlan (pictured below), the youngest son of former world 5000m champion Eamonn, was part of the winning Irish U23 team at last year's European Cross-Country Championships. Over the summer, he took 1500m silver at the National Track and Field Championships -- his first senior medal.


At Santry, Coghlan tucked in behind the early pacemaker, Sean Hehir of Rathfarnham WSAF, only taking over in front on the final lap.

Clonliffe's David Flynn, on a break from scholarship in East Tennessee, was a fighting third, ahead of mountain runner Brian McMahon of Clonliffe and Liam Tremble, like Coghlan from the MSB club.

In sixth place, Cillian O'Leary was leading Raheny Shamrock to team victory; the club's third team title of the day.

Not defending his title was DSD's Joe Sweeney, the current Irish champion.

Sweeney withdrew his entry during the week, as did his clubmate Alan McCormack, who is injured.

It left Emmett Jennings, running his first senior Dublin race, to lead the DSD team home in seventh place.

Raheny dominated the women's race. With Elish Kelly beating clubmates Aoife Talty and the evergreen Annette Kealy for the individual gold, the team title was in bag, with Fiona Roche making up the winning quartet.

In the men's junior race, Raheny also made it a team and individual double, with Kevin Dooney the winner ahead of DSD's much improved James Egan. Jake McDonnell, in third place, along with Colum O'Leary and Oisin Corish made up the Raheny team.


Siofra Cléirigh-Buttner of DSD won the junior women's race, ahead of her clubmates Claire McCarthy and Sorcha Humphries, but due to a mix-up over numbers, the medals weren't awarded.

Earlier in the morning, the Dublin Juvenile Even-Ages Championships took place, with DSD pair Ella Fennelly and Liam Fitzpatrick making it an U16 double and DSD winning five of the eight races.