Following on from the brilliant performances of our Irish athletes at the E.Y.O.F. in Utrecht on Days 2 and 3, which saw Síobhra O’Flaherty (3,000m) and William Crowe (1,500m) (pictured above with his medal) both take home Silver medals, day 4 proved to be one of mixed emotions as Ireland’s Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC), who advanced so impressively as the fastest qualifier into the girl’s 100m Hurdles final, was left devastated after a false start meant she was disqualified from the race. Morland produced a scintillating performance in her heat, dominating the field to win in 13.77 seconds and can take home with her the fact that she represented Ireland with distinction and is no doubt one to watch for the future.
It was not all bad news, however, as the Irish girls 4×100m relay squad (Niamh McNicol, Laura-Ann Costello, Roseanna McGuckian and Phoebe Murphy) tore around the track in their semi-final, winning their race and qualifying automatically for the final today. Not only were they the fastest team to progress by almost half a second, but, their 46.22 seconds recording was a new Irish Youth Record breaking the old mark of 46.36 seconds set in 2009.
Today’s action will see Roseanna McGuckian compete in the final of the girls 200m at 2.10 pm (Irish time). McGuckian has been drawn in a favourable lane 3 and is the 2nd fastest athlete going into the race.
The finals of the 800m proceed this, with Cian McBride (North Sligo AC) up first in the boys final at 2.50pm. McBride will have ambitions of snatching a medal, as he is currently the 2nd fastest in the field going into the race. His final will be followed by the girls final at 3.10pm. Ireland’s Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) will line up as 5th fastest in the field, but, will no doubt be in contention for a medal once the gun sounds after showing impressive form in the semi-finals.
Finally, Irish action at the E.Y.O.F. will culiminate with the girls 4×100m relay, who line up at 3.40pm in what will undoubtedly be a thrilling race to behold, with the Irish girls in serious contention for the gold medal.