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Masters Magic In Malaga

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Masters' Magic in Malaga

The Irish were in sparkling form at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga this week highlighted by Kelly Neely and Joe Gough.

Kelly Neely was in superlative form in Malaga where she won two gold medals and one silver in the W40 section. She won the 800m in 2:12.74, the 1500m in 4:36.35 and was part of the 4x400m women's team alongside Denise Toner, Maria Dunne and Catherine Diver that won silver in 4:10.80. Denise Toner also bagged individual silver in the W40 800m behind Neely. 

Joe Gough (West Waterford) added 1500m gold to his 800m triumph earlier in the week in the M65 section in 4:49.63 at the World Masters Championships. The Waterford man continues to impress in the masters and set a European record in the 800m with 2:16.38. 

Some of the other Irish medallists at the championships include Niamh O'Sullivan winning bronze in  W55 8km cross country; Carmel Crowley winning bronze in the W50 8k cross country and bronze in the 10km road race where Annette Kealy won silver; M35 team silver, Stephen Hunter, Sean McGrath and Tim Twomey in the 8km cross country; M40 team silver with Ronan Kearns, Sean Mc Dermott and Ian Egan in the 8km cross country; Geraldine Finegan bronze in the W50 heptathlon; Dorthy McLennon bronze in the W80 heptathlon; Snezana Bechtina W35 200m bronze and silver in the 400m; Sinead McConnell bronze W50 5000m track walk and bronze10k road walk; Sean McGrath M35 silver 10k road race; Anne Gilshinan W50 bronze 800; third team M55 half marathon with Paul Moran, Tommy Hughes, Philip O'Doherty and Michael Cornyn; W35 Cathy McCourt, Eimear McCracken and Grainne Keenan; W55 Noreen Bonner, Jean O'Kennedy and Gloria Donaghey.

Galway woman Christine Kennedy won W60 individual half marathon gold representing the USA.

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