Mulcaire leads Ireland's European medal hopes
Kevin Mulcaire is probably Ireland's best hope of a medal at the European Junior Track and Field Championships starting in Eskilstuna, Sweden today.
The Ennis man's 5,000m time of 14 mins 2.30 secs in Manchester last month sliced more than two seconds off John Treacy's long-standing Irish junior record.
That's enough to rank him fourth in Europe behind Julien Wanders of Switzerland who has run 13:48.21 this season. He races on Saturday evening.
Trim's Harry Purcell is also in good shape and could make the 800m final. He's ranked 12th on the European junior list with a time of 1:49.46 secs and also has a 400m time of 47.33. He begins his competition tomorrow.
Highest ranked of the Irish women is Ciara Neville of Emerald, who goes in the 100m heats this morning and whose time of 11.64 ranks her 11th in Europe. Ewa Swoboda of Poland tops the rankings with 11.24.
Also competing this morning are Zak Irwin of Sligo in the men's 100m heats and Finn Valley pair Fellan McGuigan and John Kelly in the hammer and shot respectively.
Ireland's last medal at the European Juniors was a silver for Sarah Lavin in the 100m hurdles two years ago.