Busy day 1 for the Irish in Tallinn
A big squad of 29 athletes have travelled to represent Ireland at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia July 8th - 11th 2021.
- The full squad selection is HERE.
- The latest timetable is available HERE.
- Live results are HERE.
- Live stream will be availble on the European Athletics Youtube HERE.
Busy Day 1 (Times listed are Irish time)
Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock AC) will be first in action for the Irish with the Women’s Discus set to start at 7.45am (Group A). Fogarty comes into the championships in flying form having secured the national senior title recently with a 53.73PB throw.
Heptathlete Kate O’Connor is going to have a busy start to her championships, with the Dundalk St. Gerard’s star starting proceedings in the 100mH from 9.10am before setting sights on the High Jump, Shot Put, and 200m later in the day.
O' Connor returns to European Championship action with joyful memories having won a historic heptathlon silver at the European Under-20 Athletics Championships in Sweden in 2019. It was the first time Ireland medalled in the heptathlon at any level.
O’Connor picked up in 2021 where she had left off the previous year and smashed the Irish Heptathlon record (6297 points) to take second at the Multistars World Athletics Combined Events Challenge in Italy last April.
Much like O’Connor’s action-packed schedule on day 1, the Irish will be competing thick and fast right throughout the day.
Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers), Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock AC), and Molly Scott (SLOT) will all be looking to make their way safely through the tricky 100m heats from 10.00am. The semi-finals are scheduled for later in the evening (6.15pm).
Jack Mitchell (SLOT) is set to take to the track in the 400m Hurdles from 10.55am. Mitchell has been in tremendous form over recent weeks and will be looking to carry that national championship momentum into tomorrow's heats.
Sean Mockler (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) is in qualifying action for the Men’s Hammer 11.55am (Group B)
The evening session will see Charlie O’Donovan (Leevale AC) looking to book his place in Saturday s 1500m final. The Leevale AC athlete is set to go in the heats from 3.35pm Irish time.
David McGlynn (Waterford AC) and Matthew Neill (Strive Racing) will be taking their places in the stacked 10,000m final from 4.50pm.
Thursday July 8th (Irish Time)
- 7.45am Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock AC) Discus
- 8.40am Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers) 400m
- 9.30am Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St. Gerard’s AC) (100m Hep)
- 11.55amSean Mockler (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) Hammer
- 10.00am Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers) 100m
- 10.00am Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock AC) 100m
- 10.00am Molly Scott (SLOT) 100m
- 10.55am Jack Mitchell (SLOT) 400mH
- 3.35pm Charlie O’Donovan (Leevale AC) 1500m
- 4.50pm David McGlynn (Waterford AC) and Matthew Neill (Strive Racing) 10,000 Final
- 6.35pm 100m SF
Friday looks just as busy a day for the Irish with Irish U23 record holder Ellen McCarthy (City of Lisburn AC) leading the way in the Women’s Pole vault from 8.35am.
2019 U23 bronze medalist from the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon, Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC), will be in action from 9.35am in the 1500m, and will be quickly followed onto track by the 800m trio of Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen AC), Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers), and Mark Milner (UCD AC) who will be looking to make it through the heats of the Men’s 800m.
Kate O’Connor continues her Hepthatlon competiton with the Long Jump from 10.45am. O’Connors final event will be the 800m which is scheduled for 5.05pm on Friday.
Sligo’s Finley Daly goes in the heats of the 3,000m SC from 2.05pm, while Tokyo bound David Kenny (Farranmore Maine Valley AC) takes to the start in the 20k Walk at 2.30pm.
Orla O'Connor (Waterford AC) and Aoife O’Cuill (St, Cocas’s AC) are in final action in the 10,000m at 5.40pm.
Friday July 9th
- 8.35am Ellen McCarthy (City of Lisburn AC) Pole Vault
- 9.35am Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC) 1500m
- 10.00am Kate O’Connor Javelin
- 10.05am Kevin McGrath (Bohermeen AC) 800m
- 10.05am Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) 800m
- 10.05am Mark Milner (UCD AC) 800m
- 10.45am Kate O’Connoe Hep Long Jump
- 1.10pm 400mH SF
- 2.05pm Finley Daly (Sligo AC) 3,000m SC
- 2.30pm David Kenny (Farranmore Maine Valley AC) 20k Walk Final
- 3.20pm 400m SF
- 5.05pm Hep Final (800m)
- 5.35pm Womens Discus Final
- 5.40pm Aoife O’Cuill (St, Cocas’s AC) & Orla O'Connor (Waterford AC) 10,000m Final
Irish attention will be on Ruby Millet (St Abban’s AC) in the Long Jump first thing on Saturday morning (7.45am), while several other athletes will hope to make their respective finals scheduled for the evening session.
Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) and Michael Power (West Waterford AC) will be two who will be doing just that with the Men’s 5,000m set for 6pm. McElhinney is no stranger to success at European level having secured a bronze medal for Ireland in the 5,000m at the 2019 European U20 Championships in Boras, Sweden.
Saturday July 10th
- 7.45am Ruby Millet (St Abban’s AC)
- 2.10pm 400mH Final
- 3.20pm 1500m Final Men
- 4.40pm High Jump Final Women
- 4.30pm 400m Final Men
- 6.00pm Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) and Michael Power (West Waterford AC) 5,000m Final
Sunday is set to be a feast of finals with Irish athletes sure to be in the reckoning for their reappearance. The relay teams get their chance to shine with the Men’s 4 x400m (9.10am), and Women’s 4 x 100m (10.00am) set to have a busy day should they manage to navigate their way through the morning's heats.
Sunday July 11th:
- 9.10am 4 x 400m Relay Men (Jack Raftery,Jack Mitchell, Cathal Crosbie, David Ryan, Eoin Kenny, Shane Monagle)
- 10.00am 4 x 100m Relay Women (Molly Scott, Gina Akpe-Moses, Aoife Lynch, Lauren Roy, Sarah Leahy)
- 10.50am Javelin Final Women
- 2.20pm Long Jump Final Women
- 2.45pm 3000m SC Final Men
- 3.15pm 1500m Final Women
- 3.30pm 800m Final Men
- 4.30pm 4 x 100m Final Women
- 5.50pm 4 x 400m Final Men
How to Watch:
Live stream HERE