DAY 1: COSCORAN SECURES PLACE IN EUROPEAN 1500M FINAL
Day 1 Evening Session: European Athletics Championships
Andrew Coscoran has secured his place in the 1500m final at the European Athletics Championships in Munich this evening (Aug 15th). Coscoran was the final Irish athlete in action on day 1 of these championships and it was worth the wait for the Star of the Sea AC athlete who clocked a 3:38.74 (7th place) to secure one of the fastest no-automatic qualifiers. Coscoran will return for the final on Thursday at 8.05pm where he will line up alongside Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigsten.
Luke McCann also went in the 1500m semi-final but unfortunately several interferences in his race meant his 2022 European Championships came to a close. McCann has enjoyed a superb season and will be back on this stage for years to come. He crossed in 10th place in 3.40.98.
Phil Healy went in the first of the 400m heats and unfortunately her 6th place 53.10 was not enough to progress to tomorrow’s semi-final on this occasion. The Bandon AC is one of Ireland’s most consistent athletes and will undoubtedly be back to her brilliant best if selected for the 4x400m later this week.
Sharlene Mawdsley was a late addition to the 400m event with Sophie Becker focusing on the 4x400m set for later this week. The Newport AC ran a great race to narrowly missed out on progressing to tomorrow’s semi-final in 52.63. Mawdsley will be another returning to the track later in the week with the 4x400m relay team.
DAY 2: TUESDAY 16th
Rhasidat Adeleke advanced to Tuesday’s semi-final as one of the top 12 ranked athletes (ranked 6th), as did Chris O’Donnell in the men’s 400m. O’Donnell comes into this week as the top ranked Irish athlete (5th), and the Olympic & World relay finalist has made no secret that another major final is his target.
Leading out Team Ireland will be Brendan Boyce in the 35k Walk from 7.30am. Boyce comes here on the back of yet another consistent performance at the World Championship in Oregon and will be eyeing up another major top 10 finish.
Sarah Healy and Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Ciara Mageean, will go in the semi-finals of the 1500m from 9.15am. Both athletes will be looking to progress to Friday’s final, but both races look to have plenty of depth including GB’s Laura Muir who will line up alongside Healy in the first semi-final. The first 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the Final.
Israel Olatunde will return to the starting blocks for his semi-final at 7.19pm, buoyed by today’s blistering 10.19PB. The 20-year-old will likely need another PB performance to advance to the final buy the UCD has is not one to shy away from the challenge.
Rounding out day 2 for the Irish will be Darragh McElhinney (ranked 12th) and Brian Fay (ranked 11th) in the 5,000m final at 8.08pm. Both athletes have had superb seasons to date and will likely track each other as they bid to break into the top 10.
Team Ireland European Championships
(Times listed in Irish Time)
- 7.30am Men’s 35k Walk: Brendan Boyce
- 9.15am Women’s 1500m Semi-Final 1: Sarah Healy
- 9.27am Women’s 1500m Semi-Final 2: Ciara Mageean
- 11.25am Men’s 400m Semi-Final 1: Chris O’Donnell
- 12.16pm Women’s 400m Semi-Final 3: Rhasidat Adeleke
- 7.19pm Men’s 100m Semi-Final 3: Israel Olatunde
- 8.08pm Men’s 5,000m Final: Darragh McElhinney, Brian Fay
Day 1 Morning Session Report HERE
Entry Lists and lull results: HERE
Where to watch: HERE