South Dublin athletes breaking records

by Gazette Reporter
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RECORDS tumbled in impressive fashion as Dundrum South Dublin athletes were at their best as the track season comes to a close.

Brian Masterson set the tone for the rest when he won the SIAB championships 400m in impressive style, in 48.58, beating the best that England had to offer in Cardiff.
This knocked one and a half seconds off the club record for 16- and 17- year-olds in what is typically the club’s strongest event.
This is, in fact, the first time Ireland has won the SIAB title at 400m as the English competitors are often the best in Europe so the club are hopeful they may be witnessing a successor to David Gillick.
James Maguire won his first national gold at 1,500m last Sunday in Tullamore, smashing the Under-15 record held by Shane Fitzsimons of Mullingar, in a time of 4.16.47.
Maguire led most of the way for a comprehensive victory, knocking five seconds off the club record, and he finished third in the 800m on Saturday in 2.02.10.
This follows upon his recent 2.00.91 800m in Tullamore, which is three seconds inside the DSD club age group best.
Aengus Meldon set a personal best on Saturday when finishing second in the Under-19 400m in 49.87. Brian Masterston after his SIAB exertions was surprisingly beaten into second place in the Under-18 400m, finishing fast after a slow start, in 50.08, with Gavin Dunne fourth in the same race in 51.99.
Joseph Halwax ran a fine race to finish second in the Under-18 Boys 400m hurdles in 55.95 and Rachel Dunne also battled to the line to take silver in the Under-17 girls 300m hurdles in 45.81.
Andrew Cummins was third in the Under-19 800m in 1.58.95.
Molly Hourihan followed up on her two silver medals for hurdles and long jump, and relay bronze with another bronze medal yesterday in the 200m, recording 26.42 in heat and 26.88 in final.
Tara Jenkins led after the first round of the Under-16 girls long jump but had to settle for third place with a great new personal best of 5.29, with Katie Magee seventh in 4.69.
Katie Berney was just pipped on the line for third place in the Under-19 girls 200m finishing fourth in 25.81.
Elsewhere, the club’s Siofra Cleirigh Buttner was in action in the 800m and 1,500m at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon last week. She finished fifth in a highly competitive 800m heat won by Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui while she bowed out of the 1,500m against Ehtiopian, Kenyan and American opposition in a time of 4.33.49.

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