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Thursday 19 September 2019

Tributes flow for Irish 400m athlete Craig Lynch who died in car crash

Craig Lynch, pictured in action during the Men's 400m qualification round at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam in 2016. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Craig Lynch, pictured in action during the Men's 400m qualification round at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam in 2016. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Irish athletes and coaches have paid tribute to Craig Lynch, who died on Sunday following a car accident.

Mr Lynch, 29 - who represented Ireland at the 2016 European Championships - passed away following a crash on the Slane road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Tributes for the Cavan native poured in from near and far. His former Ireland team-mate David Gillick said he was "heartbroken" by the tragic news.

"A truly great guy with a brilliant outlook on life. A terrible loss to such a young life. He will be missed by so many," said Gillick.

Lynch competed in both the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.

He also represented Ireland at the 2015 World Relay Championships in the Bahamas.

Lynch's local club in Cavan, Shercock AC, also paid tribute to the athlete and father-of-one who worked as a science teacher at Eureka Secondary School in Kells.

"Following the tragic death of Craig Lynch, one of our most talented athletes, in a car accident last night, our thoughts and sympathies are with his parents, brothers, sisters, daughter, fiancée and all family members, indeed the whole Shercock community at this sad time. Rest in peace Craig."

Athletics Ireland expressed "deepest condolences" to the athlete's family, friends and club-mates.

Former Olympic 4x4 head coach Kevin Ankrom tweeted: "My heart is broken to hear the tragic news of Craig Lynch's passing... Craig was a special person, father, and friend to so many. He will truly be missed."

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