Millet secures place in European Long Jump Final
Ruby Millet (St Abban’s AC) booked her place in tomorrow’s Long Jump final at the European U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. The St Abban’s AC athlete produced a best jump of 6.25m on her final attempt to advance to the Long Jump decider. Millet will be back in action tomorrow at 2.20pm where she will look to threaten her PB of 6.32 in the 12 strong field.
The Men’s 5,000m decider also took place this evening, with two Irish athletes taking to the start-lines in the split final event, Final A and Final B.
Michael Power (West Waterford AC) was in the Group A 5,000m final, with his time of 14.10.04 enough to secure 11th in his race (14th overall). Power found himself in a lone 5th place from midway through the race and tried bravely to reign in the leading four leading athletes, only to have some of the pack pass in him in final two laps. Power stayed on strongly over the final 400m to claim his 14th place finish having come into the championships ranked 209.
Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) was in the second of the 5,000m finals (Group B) and was forced to run solo from the gun in a bid to try and challenge for the medal placings. McElhinney, who would have been aware of the result from the A final, ran bravely for 4,000 meters, only to have the effort of the lone run in 29 degrees heat take its toll over the final 3 laps. He would finish 9th in his race in 14.25.38 (21st overall). McElhinney can be proud of his attempt and will no doubt be back competing for podiums on the international stage in the years to come.
The Men’s 5,000m medals went the way of Mohamed Mohumed (GER) 13:38.69, Aarón Las Heras (ESP) 13:43.14, and Baldvin Magnusson (ISL) 13:45.00, all of whom ran in the leading pack in the Group A final.
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Sunday is set to be a feast of finals, while the relay teams will be making their championship debuts. The Men’s 4 x400m (9.10am), and Women’s 4 x 100m (10.00am) look set to have a busy day should they manage to navigate their way through the morning's tricky heats.
Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC) will return to the track for her tilt at the 1500m final having secured her place in impressive fashion yesterday in a time of 4:15.88 (PB 4:14.96). The Women’s 1500m final is scheduled for 3.15pm Irish time.
Sunday July 11th:
- 9.21am (Heat 2): 4 x 400m Relay Men (Jack Raftery,Jack Mitchell, Cathal Crosbie, David Ryan, Eoin Kenny, Shane Monagle) First 2 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final
- 10.00am 4 x 100m Relay Women (Molly Scott, Gina Akpe-Moses, Aoife Lynch, Lauren Roy, Sarah Leahy) First 3 in each heat (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the Final
- 2.20pm Long Jump Final Women: Ruby Millet (St Abban’s AC)
- 3.15pm 1500m Final Women: Stephanie Cotter (West Muskerry AC)