Clonliffe last it out in the DSD indoor decider

by Gazette Reporter
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The Clonliffe men and white Dundrum South Dublin again made it a Dublin club double at the the All-Ireland Indoor T-F League final  in Athlone on Saturday (February 3).

While DSD took a clear win, Clonliffe had to fight for their title. In the women’s competition, Mollie Reilly 60m, Amy of Donoghue 1500m,  Ciara Wilson Bowen walk, Rachel Dunne weight for distance, Lauren Healy in the high jump and Molly Mullally long jump were all winners for DSD, with O’Donoghue also second in the 800m and Mullally second in the triple jump. The club  ended up with 105 points. For second place, Leevale on 81 points beat Ratoath by a single point. Of the other qualifying Dublin teams,  Clonliffe Harriers was fourth with 73 points and Raheny Shamrock sixth.

Just nine points separated the top four teams in the men’s competition. In the end, wins in the pole vault for Rolus Olusa and Niall Allen  in the weight for distance, along with five second places gave Clonliffe the win with 87 points.

With wins for Juan Ignacio Pena in both 1500 and 3000m, Raheny Shamrock finished sixth.  

Also thst day,Simon Galligan (Clonliffe Harriers, inset)  won the men’s hammer at the winter throws event in Dunboyne with a best of 60.16.

2k kids in Abottstown

In Abbotstown over the weekend, close to 2,000 youngsters were in action at the second and third days of the  Dublin Juvenile Indoors at the NIA, Abbottstown. Is this a record?

Abroad, Sarah Healy (UCD AC) set an Irish indoor record when finishing second in the 3000m with a time of 8:36.06 at the World Indoor Tour Meet in Metz, France – one of a number of Saturday indoors meets at which Dublin athletes were in action.  The time knocked ten seconds off Healy’s previous best of 8:46.14 and is under the qualifying standard for the forthcoming World Indoors Championships in Glasgow.  

In the men’s 3000m,  Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) finished third in 7:39.92 knocking over two seconds off his best of  7:42.86.

Meanwhile in Abbotstown over the weekend, close to 2,000 youngsters were in action at the second and third days of the  Dublin Juvenile Indoors at the NIA, Abbottstown. Is this a record?

Abroad, Sarah Healy (UCD AC) set an Irish indoor record when finishing second in the 3000m with a time of 8:36.06 at the World Indoor Tour Meet in Metz, France – one of a number of Saturday indoors meets at which Dublin athletes were in action.  The time knocked ten seconds off Healy’s previous best of 8:46.14 and is under the qualifying standard for the forthcoming World Indoors Championships in Glasgow.  

In the men’s 3000m,  Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) finished third in 7:39.92 knocking over two seconds off his previous best of  7:42.86.

At the University of New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque,Texas, Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC) won her first 400m race of the year with a time of 51.12.

At the IFAM Gent, Belgium (World Athletics Tour Bronze),on Saturday (February 3), Cian McPhillips (UCD AC) finished fourth in his heat and sixth fastest overall  with a time of 1:48.88 in a series of men’s 800m  races. Cillian Kirwan (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished second in his heat and tenth overall  in 1:49.48. Niamh Kearney (Raheny Shamrock)  finished seventh in the women’s  1500m race in 4:20.82

In Stockholm, Sweden,  at the Folksam GP, Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe Harriers) finished third in the 1500m in a personal best 3:40.66.

A day earlier, at  the Miramas meet near Marseilles in France on Friday, Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers)  ran 47.13 in the 400m, the fastest Irish time over this distance this season so far.

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