Wednesday 23 January 2019

Morland displays her class with Tullamore treble

Elizabeth Morland. Photo: Sportsfile
Elizabeth Morland. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Multi-event star Elizabeth Morland underlined her versatility with three gold medals at the Irish Life Health Junior & U-23 Championships in Tullamore on Saturday, the Cushinstown AC athlete winning the U-23 long jump with 6.07m, the 100m hurdles in 13.70 and the javelin with 44.25m.

Swinford thrower Michaela Walsh produced the best individual performance, unleashing a whopping throw of 64.57m to take the hammer title with ease, which added 35cm to her Irish U-23 record. Walsh also took gold in the shot put with 15.06m and won silver in the javelin.

The U-20 men's 1500m produced the race of the day, as Bantry's Darragh McElhinney unleashed a searing final 200 metres to gain revenge on Cork rival Charlie O'Donovan, who had out-kicked him at the Irish Schools Championships four weeks earlier.

Rhasidat Adeleke powered to victory in the U-20 100m in 11.83 ahead of Molly Scott (11.91) and Lauren Roy (12.02), for the perfect warm-up ahead of this week's European U-18 Championships.

Ciara Neville was an easy winner of the U-20 200m in 24.36 and she will now turn her attention to next week's World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

Israel Olatunde impressed in the U-20 men's 100m, winning in 10.73, while Reality Osuoha was equally superlative in the 200m with 21.78.

Elsewhere, Thomas Barr took a step forward ahead of next month's European Championships, the Waterford man taking 400m hurdles victory in Samorin, Slovakia, in 49.40, a season's best.

Marcus Lawler produced the standout Irish performance at the Brussels Grand Prix, the Carlow sprinter routing the field to win over 200m in 20.71.

At the British Championships in Birmingham, Leon Reid finished third in the 200m in 20.31, having clocked a personal best of 20.27 in the heats.

Since 2016 Reid has awaited a transfer of allegiance from Britain to represent Ireland, a process which remains frozen by the IAAF, though a decision is due on his case in the coming weeks ahead of the European Championships.

"I don't want to run for GB, it's not straightforward, there's always politics," he said earlier this year.

"It's either Ireland or nothing."

Irish Independent

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