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Tailteann Games provide another thrilling spectacle

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Tailteann Games in rude health

The historical Irish Life Health Tailteann Interprovincial Games provided another excellent spectacle of athletics in Morton Stadium last Saturday.  

Leinster’s Kate O’Connor (St Vincent’s Dundalk) was one of the star performers of the day competing in the shot put, 200m and set a new record throw of 47.63m for the javelin.

Munster’s Alannah Neff (Carrigaline Community School) was also in record-breaking form clocking 5:08.51 for the girls’ 1500m steeplechase.

Connacht’s Keelan Kilrehill (Colaiste Iascaigh) was a good winner in the boys 3000m in 8:58.26 while Ulster’s Alex Boyd (Regent House) impressed in the boys 1500m in 4:07.64.

Patience Jumbo Gula (St Vincent’s Dundalk) won the 100m in 12..07 secs, with Rhasidat Adeleke (Presentation Terenure) first in the 200m in 24.73 secs. The pair combined with Robyn O’Brien (Mount Anville) and Sive Ni Thilathail to win the 4x100m for Leinster.

The girls’ 800m was won by Munster’s Jo Keane (St Flanna’s Ennis) in 2:15.26 against Castleknock Community College’s Molly Brown who was second in 2:16.45. Aimee Hayde (St Mary’s Newport) provided another winner for Munster in the 1500m in 4:42.54. Leinster’s Abbie Taylor (Wesley) broke Munster dominance winning the 3000m in 10:09.71.

Leinster rounded out the day in the boys’ 4 x400m with Ciaran Carty, Simon Ayers, Jamie Sheridan and Aaron Mangan combining to win in 3:28.49.

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