A new Irish record of 5,442 points in heptathlon has been set by Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC. Kelly broke her club mate Mairead Murphy’s record from May 2012 while competing in the Multistars in Florence, Italy on the 2/3rd of May.
Proper began the gruelling two day competition with a sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles recording a time of 14.80. This earned her a score of 868 points, a very solid start to the competition. The High Jump came next and Kelly cleared a height of 1.66m to earn herself 806 points. In the Shot Putt she threw a distance of 10.40m which converted to 556 points. The 200m was the final event on day one and Proper produced a remarkable performance to record a time of 24.10, the fastest 200m time of the entire competition. This meant Kelly had an overnight score of 3,201 points.
Kelly started strongly on day two with a season’s best in the long jump of 6.31m and 34.11m in the Javelin. Kelly then ran a terrific 800m of 2.26.28 to finish in eight place overall and in doing so smashed the Irish record with a score of 5,442 points. It was a terrific performance by Kelly in her first international heptathlon. Many congratulations to Kelly and her coaches Brid and Alan Golden.