McPhillips wins gold at European U20 Championships


Cian McPhillips (Longford AC) has won the 1500m gold medal at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn. The Longford AC athlete provided the Irish in attendance with another moment to saviour as he powered down the home straight in a close fought battle with Rick Van Riel of the Netherlands.

McPhillips looked all class as he claimed his track position from the gun, before battling it out over the final 200m to cross the line in 3.46.55. The win secured Ireland’s 3rd gold medal in the last 24 hours at these championships.

The performance from the Joe Lyons trained athlete was the first U20 gold medal by an Irish male athlete since Mark Carroll in 1991.

1500m Final Result

1 IRL MCPHILLIPS Cian 3:46.55                  

2 NED VAN RIEL Rick 3:46.69                     

3 GBR MCLUCKIE Henry 3:47.15

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