Cleirigh Buttner and Lally brilliant in Bygoszcz
Cleirigh Buttner and Lally make European 800m final
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) and Alanna Lally (UCD) brightened up Bygoszcz with classy runs to advance to the women’s 800m final at the European U23 Athletics Championships today (July 13).
It proved to be a challenging day one for Irish athletes but Cleirigh Buttner and Lally saved the best for last and stepped up to the big occasion.
Lally (UCD) ran a personal best in heat 2 of the women’s 800m to finish third in a personal best of 2:05.54. She then watched on for the final heat and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner – qualification for the final was the first two in each heat and two fastest qualifiers.
Cleirigh Buttner dutifully showed composure in what proved to be a bit of a ‘wind tunnel’ in the big open stadium qualifying automatically in second in 2:06.02.
"It was surprisingly windy out there," said the DSD athlete and Villanova student calmly afterwards. !I just tried to cover moves. I comfortably came through in the last 400m."
On the fantastic achievement of two Irish women making the final she said: "Yeah, it’s about time. A few years ago we has some great 800m runners.There was a bit of a gap there for the talent we have so It’s good to have Alanna to come with me here."
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European U23 Athletics Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland
6th Sarah McCarthy (Mid Sutton) 12.19
3rd Alanna Lally (UCD) 2:05.54 q
2nd Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD) 2:06.02 Q
10th Sarah McKeever (DSD) 3.85m
8th Brandon Arrey (Blarney Inniscarra) 53.00
4th Harry Purcell (Trim) 48.04
6th Andrew Mellon (Crusaders) 47.38 (q)
14th Kevin Kelly (St Coca’s) 3:56.12
13th Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) 3:52.47
13th John Kelly (Finn Valley) 16.10m
10th Adam King (Iveragh) 63.86m
11th Owen Russell (St Andrew’s) 62.28m