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Sarah Leahy named on Irish relay team for World Athletics Championships in Oregon

Kerry athletes among the medals at National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore


Aria Collins and Sadie Lynch from Tralee Harriers who won gold in the U-10 pairs at the

Aria Collins and Sadie Lynch from Tralee Harriers who won gold in the U-10 pairs at the

Aria Collins and Sadie Lynch from Tralee Harriers who won gold in the U-10 pairs at the


World Championships selection for Killarney Valley AC sprinter Sarah Leahy was confirmed on Thursday with news that she has a place in the Irish women’s 4x100m relay team. The team will race on July 22 in the heats at the World Championships due to be held in Eugene, Oregon in the USA.

Leahy and the team had a great seasons best run of 44.25 seconds in the Diamond League in Stockholm on last. She joins David Kenny (Farranfore Maine Valley) who was selected for the 20k walk.

Elsewhere, the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships began at the weekend in Tullamore and the new Mondo surface provided some speedy times for Kerry’s aspiring athletes. Saturday’s event was for the Under-9 to Under-11 pairs as well as sprints and field events for Under-12s and 13s. Sunday was the first day of the Under-14 to Under-19 Championships, where short hurdles, 600m, 800m and steeplechase and some field events were on the programme.

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In the U-10 pairs Aria Collins and Sadie Lynch, the sprint speedsters from Tralee Harriers, competed as a pair in the 60m on Saturday where they retained their title from last year, coming home the clear gold medal winners. Aria had the fastest time of the day across all heats, with 9.23, while Sadie was fifth in 9.57. The pair went on to take on the long jump, finishing just outside the medals.

Ryan Vickers of Farranfore Maine Valley sprinted into the final of the U-13 80m, winning his heat and then leaving the rest of the field standing in the final as he took the gold medal. Vickers followed up with his second gold in the 600m where he took command of the race and with 300m to go went for home, finishing three seconds clear of second place. He followed these wins with a fourth place finish in the shot.

Alex Collins of Lios Tuathail took a well deserved silver medal in the U-13 long jump with a PB distance of 4.88m in his third round.

Success continued for Killarney Valley’s Oisin Lynch with a silver in the U-17 800m. No stranger to the podium, Lynch also received great news this week with International selection for his debut in an Irish vest when he takes on the 800m with the Irish Schools Track & Field team. The team will compete in the SIAB international in Belfast on July 16 against teams from England, Scotland and Wales.

Tralee Harriers’ Kirby Anne Ryan rounded off her juvenile career taking the gold in the U-19 shot put and she returns next weekend for the discus.

Padraic McCarthy (Lios Tuathail) took the silver in the U-19 boys shot, and like Kirby Anne, he comes back next weekend.