Irish Life Health National Combined Events & AAI Games Report
Day 1 of the Irish Life Health National Combined Championships was a challenge for both competitors and officials as the weather proved the most difficult opponent. The heavy rainfall caused the competition to be delayed before the competitors bravely battled with the elements to compete for national glory. The weather improved on Day 2 where Shane Aston (Trim AC) retained his decathlon title earning 6540 points after two gruelling days of competition. Amy McTeggart (Boyne AC) took the women’s heptathlon title earning 4302 points over the seven events.
In the AAI Games Sarah Lavin (UCD AC) returned to competitive action in a great battle with Catherine McManus (Dublin City Harriers) over both 100m hurdle races. Lavin edged ahead in both races with her best time 13.72. Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers AC) produced a near personal best performance, producing a throw of 18.20m in the second round. Jenna Bromell (Emerald AC) stepped up a distance to the 800m where she produced an excellent front running display and crossed the line in 2:07.73. In an exciting 100m Sarah Murray (Fingallians AC) came out on top in 11.85 ahead of Catherine McManus (Dublin City Harriers) 11.86 and Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) 11.90.
European Club Champions Cup
Clonliffe Harriers AC and Dundrum South Dublin competed at the European Club Champions Cup in Leiria yesterday. Clonliffe Harriers AC finished in third position with DSD finishing in 5th position in the women Group B division.
A number of Irish athletes competed in Oordegem yesterday with numerous athletes producing PBs and Euro Junior/U23 qualification times. Some of the major breakthrough performances came from Christopher O’ Donnell in the 400m running 46.92 (PB & European Junior Championship Qualifier), Andrew Coscoran ran 3:41.20 in the 1500m which ranks him 5th in European (U23). Gina Akpe-Moses produced a great run in the 100m finishing in a time of 11.56 which ranks her 4th fastest junior in Europe over the 100m so far this season.
Irish Life Health National Combined Events Results: