Tuesday 23 January 2018

Scott sets Irish record on route to hurdles bronze

Carlow's Molly Scott. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Carlow's Molly Scott. Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Carlow's Molly Scott announced herself on the international stage by taking a bronze medal for Ireland in the girls' 100m hurdles at the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The 17-year-old set a national youth record of 13.32 in her semi-final and clocked 13.51 in the final to take Ireland's second medal of the championships.

Earlier in the week, Gina Akpe-Moses finished runner-up in the girls' 100m final in 11.67, becoming the first Irish sprinter to win a 100m medal at any age level in a European athletics competition.

Many were hoping Kevin McGrath would make it a third in the boys' 800m final yesterday and, with 100 metres to run, it looked a likely proposition.

However, the Bohermeen athlete was narrowly run out of the medals near the finish, coming home fourth in 1:50.51.

Finn Valley's Sommer Lecky finished eighth in the girls' high jump final with a best clearance of 1.70m.

Daniel Ryan finished 11th in the boys' decathlon with a total of 6,752 points, sprouting hope that Ireland may yet produce a multi-event athlete of international calibre.

In the boys' 1,500m final, Bobby Crowley finished fifth in 4:02.77, while Charlie O'Donovan was eighth in 4:03.90.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Christine McMahon smashed her personal best when running 56.06 for 400m hurdles in Heusden, Belgium. The time was an Olympic qualification standard, but as it came five days after the final deadline of July 11, McMahon cannot be selected for the Games by Athletics Ireland.

Miriam Daly played a starring role for the Irish at the Schools International in Ashford, Kent on Saturday, taking gold in the 300m hurdles, bronze in the 80m hurdles and helping the team to bronze in the 4x300m relay.

Daragh McElhinney also took gold in the boys' 1,500m, his 59-second third lap carrying him to victory in 4:07.15.

Irish Independent

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