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Athletics: Griffin adds to medals

IRELAND finished the European Youth Olympics on a high in Turkey yesterday after Donegal Town's Karl Griffin secured the team's sixth athletics medal.

Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC) was the youngest athlete in the 800m final in Trabzon yet took bronze in 1:51.64, behind Belgian winner Brecht Bertels (1:50.90) and Serbia's Nemanja Jojic (1:51.55).

There was no medal for Carlow sprinter Marcus Lawler (St Laurence O'Toole AC), son of ex-international Patricia Amond, but he did lower his Irish youths record by another hundredth of a second and was just four-hundredths off the podium when finishing fifth in the 200m final in 21.61.

Ciara Giles-Doran, who set a personal best of 24.46 in the semi-final, finished seventh in the 200m final in 24.87. The Ferrybank sprinter was also part of the relay team which finished seventh in the 4x100m final but were subsequently disqualified for an infringement in a changeover zone.

Yet that couldn't put a dampner on things for a team which took away two golds, one silver and three bronze medals, plus another four top-eight finishes.

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