Thursday 14 December 2017

Veale storms to record-breaking victory

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

IRELAND'S underage athletics scene has shown its strength by producing three medallists at world and European championships in the past three weeks.

And one of its potential superstars -- World Youth 5,000m walk champion Kate Veale -- underlined her phenomenal talent with another record-breaking feat at the Woodies DIY Juvenile Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The West Waterford teenager won the U-18 3,000m walk in 12:18.86, a time that was not only a new Irish U-18, U-20 and U-23 mark but also knocked almost 16 seconds off the old Irish senior record, which was set by 2003 world silver medallist Gillian O'Sullivan in 2000.

Shane Fitzsimons of Mullingar Harriers provided another of the weekend's highlights when he won the U-17 1,500m in 4:00.41 to break John O'Reilly's 23-year-old record of 4:02.00.

Adam King (Iveragh AC) made a big impression in the U-15 hammer, where, despite fouling his second throw, he pulled out a mighty 72.06m in the third round to break Francis McGuigan's previous 66.14m record, which King also bettered with a final-round throw of 69.21m.

Ciara Dunne (Crookstown Millview AC) was also in record-breaking form in the U-15 shot where her winning putt of 12.85m added 25cm to Kathleen Fitzgerald's 2001 record.

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