Doherty leads the way for DSDAC

by Stephen Findlater
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DSDAC athletes were in dominant form on Saturday at the All-Ireland Under-20/23 championships in Tullamore.

Leader of a host of medal winners was Kate Doherty who continued her sparkling 2018 form with a gold medal in the 100m in a personal best of 12.06. She returned later to achieve a European Under-23 qualifying time in the 100m hurdles with great new best of 13.78, winning silver, just pipped for gold by Elizabeth Moreland from Cushinstown AC.

DSD vests were prominent throughout the perfect sunny day, as Paul O’Donnell set a strong pace in the Under-23 5,000m and looked imperious as he strode to an impressive victory.

Jack MacGabhann also showed his toughness in this race as he came through the field to pick up silver. Jo Halwax led by example in the 400m hurdles, dipping under 54 seconds (53.87) for a comprehensive victory with David Dagg closing strongly behind to grab bronze in a personal best of 56.02.

The second of the MacGabhann twins, Patrick, finished second in the Under-23 1,500m in 4.18.29. He was unlucky as he came off the final bend stumbling in a clash with another competitor, losing five or six metres, just as Cathal Doyle, Clonliffe Harriers, started his sprint to the finish.

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