Healy breaks u23 1,500 record

by Aaron Dunne
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Sarah Healy of UCD AC produced the track performance of the week when she broke  broke her own Irish U23 record  for 1500m  with a time of 4:01:75 at the Golden Spikes Gold Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Tuesday).

Healy finished fourth in the race.  Her  previous best of 4:02:86  was also set in Ostrava in May 2022.

Also for UCD AC Ireland’s fastest man, Israel Olatunde won the  U23 100m  in a time of 10.42 secs  at the Irish U23 and U20 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Sunday (July 2).  

A comfortable winner of the women’s  hammer was UCD AC’s Nicola Tuthill who threw 64.89m, who like Olatunde and Healy, is heading for the European U23 Championships in Finland in  less than aa fortnight.

Winning the U23 women’s 200m in 24.68 was Molly Hourihan of DSD AC. Cressida Amaniampong of Skerries AC was third in 25.90. DSD AC’s Charlotte Burke finished third in the women’s 400m in 58.40, while in the men’s  400m, Hugo Magee of Crusaders AC was also third  in 49.01. Cara Murphy of DSD AC won the U23 400m hurdles in 64:04.

 In the  women’s 1500m, Niamh Carr of Dublin City Harriers was second in  4:28.30, while Abdel Laadjel of Donore Harriers, home from his US college for the summer, finished second in  the men’s 5000m in 15:05.82.

Star of the U20 competition  was  Anna Gavigan of LSA AC  who broke a 44-year-old Irish record  when winning the discus with a mighty throw of 49:32 . The e distance was comfortably over the 47.50 B qualification mark for the European U20 Championships taking place next month.

In the long jump, Elizabeth Ndudi of DSD AC set a new championships best  of 6.30 for victory. Only a week earlier in Germany, Ndudi, who is based in France,  jumped 6.44m which is an Irish U20 record and  two days later, ran a personal best 11.83m  for 200m. Finishing third in the women’s high jump was Siún Quinn of Brothers Pearse with 1.65m.

In the men’s discus, Liam Granville of Fingallians AC finished second with a 37.09m effort. Charles Coughlan, also Fingallians, was third in the men’s 6kg hammer with 50.52m.

Sean Aigboboh of Tallaght AC won the 100m in 10.88, with Killian Curran of Blackrock AC second in 11.12 secs. Donal Martin, also  of Blackrock AC was third in the 200m in 22.58.

 In the women’s 400m, Kate O’Connell of Lucan Harriers finished second in 56.27 followed by her clubmate Eve Marie Noctor in 56.90. Joe Doody of Cabinteely AC was second in the men’s 400m in 49.31 followed by David Bosch  of DSD AC in 49.45. In the 1500m, Sean Cronin of Clonliffe Harriers was third in 3:58.21.

A large number of  Dublin club athletes travelled to London for the British Milers Club meet in Watford  a day earlier; best results across eight 800m races  came from  Cillian Kirwan of Raheny Shamrock AC with  1:49.73 and Louis O’Loughlin of Donore Harriers with 1:50.61. In the women’s races, Georgie Hartigan of DSD AC ran 2:04.44,  and  UCD’s Susie Nestor 2:09.79.

In the women’s 1500m races, Eimear Maher of DSD AC clocked 4:23.19; a day later, she would finish fourth in  at the National U23 Championships in 4:31.98. Her clubmate Amy O’Donoghue clocked a time of 4:23.5.  In the men’s 3000m John Travers of Donore Harriers ran a time of 8:05.22


Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – July 06, 2023 – Dublin Gazette Newspapers – Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle

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