Irish relay teams sign off in style


Irish relay teams sign off in style at hugely successful World Athletics Relays

The Irish relay teams were back in action at the World Relays in Silesia, Poland this evening where Ireland secured a first ever podium position at the event.

The 4x200m team of Aoife Lynch, Kate Doherty, Sarah Quinn, and Sophie Becker produced an ultra-smooth performance when it mattered to cross the line in second place in a new national record time of 1:35.93.  Poland took first place in 1:34.98 (NR), with Ecuador 1:36.86 (SB) back in third.

The performance was made all the more impressive in that the team was made up of athletes from both the mixed 4x400m and the women’s 4x100m squads.

4 x 200 Women's Relay Team:

  • Aoife Lynch of Donore Harriers AC: Coach Daniel Kilgallon
  • Kate Doherty of DSD AC: Coach Daniel Kilgallon 
  • Sarah Quinn of St Colman's South Mayo AC: Coach Brendan Glynn 
  • Sophie Becker of Raheny Shamrock AC: Coach Jeremy Lyons 

The mixed 4x400m team of Chris O'Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley, and Andrew Mellon finished in 7th place in their respective final this evening, having already secured the main objective which was Olympic qualification in yesterday’s heats.

All four athletes gave their everything to come home in 3.20.26. The squad will have gained valuable championship experience as the team now builds towards Tokyo.

The podium places went the way of Italy (1st) 3:16.60, Brazil (2nd) 3:17.54, and Dominican Republic (3rd) 3:17.58.

4 x 400 Mixed Relay Team:

  • Andew Mellon of Crusaders AC. Coach  Brendan McConville
  • Phil Healy of Bandon AC: Coach Shane McCormack 
  • Sharlene Mawdsley of Newport AC: Coach Gary Ryan 
  • Chris O’Donnell of North Sligo AC: Coach  Michael Baker

A huge well done and thank you to all athletes, coaches, and support teams involved this weekend.

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