DSDAC’s Diamond day on world stage

by Gazette Reporter
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Dundrum South Dublin AC enjoyed a stunning week in both Europe and the US with Zak Curran picking making history for the club.

He was the first athlete from the club to compete in the Diamond League with a great second place finish in the 800m in a season’s best of 1.46.88. He started his career at 400m and showed the sprint finish this engenders, with a scorching finish. The winner, Thomas Arne Roth, had to set a new personal best to beat Curran in a time of 1.45.75.

The great tradition at 800m in DSD was continued by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner in the NCAA finals in Eugene, Oregon, as she strove valiantly to win a top class collegiate final.

Always to the front in a slow run race, Cleirigh Buttner accelerated with 200m to go for a two metre lead but was caught in the final sprint to the line and finished a great fourth place in 2.05.73.

In the Flanders Cup in Belgium, Patrick MacGabhann had his first International win in a 3,000m race, with a huge personal best of 8.26.85. Twin brother, Jack also produced a best time, finishing second in his 1,500m race at the same meeting, in 4.05.00.

Meanwhile on the home front, Maria McCambridge, won the Patrick Bell 5k in 17.12.

It follows hot on the heels of an excellent results at the Irish Life All-Ireland Schools from many southside runners.

The Irish Schools competition is the toughest competition in the country encompassing all of the 32 counties, and D.S.D athletes proved that they were up for the challenge on Saturday with two top class performances.

Ciarán Carthy won gold in the inter boys 400m in 49.98 and Aaron Donnelly also won gold in the 2,000m Steeplechase.

Carthy had also qualified for the 400m hurdles at the Leinster Schools but made the right decision in turning to the 400m flat where he raced to a comprehensive victory from gun to tape. He will be hoping to improve further on this time in the near future.

Donnelly was his usual imperious self over the hurdles in the steeplechase and won his first national title in a gutsy front running display which augurs well for his future in the sport.

Brian Maguire (third) was also in top form in the senior boys 1500m and put himself firmly in contention for the European Youth Olympics by finishing in front of his main rivals, who have also achieved the qualifying time for the 1,500m.

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