Monday 19 March 2018

Relay team falls just short in medal bid

Ciara Mageean: impressive return
Ciara Mageean: impressive return

Lindie Naughton

Ireland just missed out on a medal in the women's 4x100m relay on the final day of the European Junior Track and Field Championships in Eskilstuna as a better dip by the French anchor-woman gave them the bronze.

The Irish time of 45.38 seconds was a national junior record, improving on the 45.66 seconds time they had run in the heats earlier in the day.

In the men's 4x100m, the Irish team, who had qualified as fastest losers, finished seventh in 41.09 seconds.

In the heats, they had run a faster time of 40.97 seconds.

Kevin Mulcaire from Ennis finished just out of the medals in the men's 5,000m.

Mulcaire's time of 14 mins 39.14 secs saw him finish less than four seconds off third place in a tactical race that only came alive in the last two laps. With long-time leader Yemanaberhan Crippa of Italy fading, Alex George of Great Britain came off the final bend at speed and led the charge for the line.

He finished in 14:34.42 secs, with Simon Debognies of Belgium second ahead of Crippa. Right on the line, Mulcaire passed El Madhi Lahoufi of Spain for fourth place.

In the women's 200m, Sharlene Mawdsley of Newport ran a personal best time of 23.73 secs in the semi-finals. It was enough to see the 16-year-old make the final, where she finished eighth.

Andrew Coscoran of Star of the Sea finished ninth in the men's 1500m final.

In the 800m, Harry Purcell of Trim narrowly failed to progress from the semi-finals.

Ciara Mageean of UCD made an impressive return to competition with a time of 4:08.32 at the KBC Nacht in Belgium - by some way the fastest 1500m time run by an Irish female this season.

Mageean finished tenth in a race won by Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech in 4:03.28.

Sligo's Mary Cullen finished 12th in the 5,000m with a time of 15:26.46.

Meanwhile, in Cali, Colombia, Elizabeth Morland of Cushinstown finished 10th in the heptathlon at the World Youth Championships on 5,569 points, with her strongest events the hurdles, long jump and 200m. Winner was Geraldine Ruckstuhl of Switzerland on 6,037 points.

In the hammer, Michaela Walsh from Swinford also made the top 10 with a throw of 52.73m.

And at an open meet in Loughborough, Ben Reynolds of North Down clocked a time of 13.61 secs in the 110m hurdles - the fastest Irish time this season.

At the annual SIAB Schools international in Grangemouth, Scotland, both boys' and girls' Irish teams finished second, with the highlight of the day a first-ever win by the 4x100m girls' relay.

In Wales, Sarah McCormack won the 40th Snowdon International Mountain race.

It was a second victory for the Clonliffe athlete, who won on a shortened course last year.

On the roads, Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock set a new course record of 29 mins 44 secs at the SSE Airtricity Fingal 10km in Swords; Maria McCambridge of DSD was first woman in 34 mins 11 secs.

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