The Irish athletics team returned to Dublin this afternoon following their record breaking exploits in Munich at the European Athletics Championships in Munich over the previous 7-days.

The team was led into arrivals by 800m bronze medal winner Mark English of Finn Valley. (Ciara Mageean travelled back to her base in Manchester directly from Munich).

Munich will be remembered for some time by Irish athletics fans, with this edition providing Ireland’s most successful ever European Athletics Championships.

The medals marked two of the many high points this week, adding to the record-breaking performances of Israel Olatunde in the 100m, Rhasidat Adeleke in the 400m, and the 4x400m team of Sophie Becker, Phil Healy, Rhasidat Adeleke, and Sharlene Mawdsley in the relay final.

In all, this Irish team secured a record-breaking ELEVEN top-8 finishes, with a further 3 top 10 placings also secured across the course of the week. Ireland’s previous best total of top-8 placings at a European Championships was 6, which was achieved in 1998 & 2002.

Speaking earlier today as the team departed Munich, Paul McNamara - Athletics Ireland Director of High Performance, detailed how the signs that Munich could deliver something tangible were there, and that team management "were not surprised" by what unfolded.

He said "This has been growing for championship after championship. We had a World Championships in Eugene earlier this year, time zones and lack of television coverage meant it didn't get the same shop window but, if you look at the numbers, there was significant improvement on previous championships in Doha and London.”

"Prior to that, you look at other key events. We hosted the European Cross-Country Championships at the Sport Ireland Campus in December last. We finished third in the points table behind Great Britain and France - the superpowers of European Athletics.”

"It was the most successful champs we've ever had - incremental improvement over the last number of champs. This has been growing for some time. Team management were not surprised at all by the success this week. We were expecting a really comprehensive result throughout the entire team. We had 25 athletes with an A standard - the toughest A standard ever imposed by European Athletics.”

"Thirty individual athletes had the B standard which we imposed, the toughest standard that we've ever had. There is comprehensive, systemic progress throughout the sport at the elite level."

Athletics Ireland CEO, Hamish Adams also spoke of his pride in the athletes who represented Ireland over the last 7-days, as well as the work that is being done by the Athletics Ireland High-Performance team to consistently deliver finalists and medals. He said: “We are very proud of the excellence shown by all our team in Munich, these results are genuinely special and illustrate the rising standards being delivered across all areas of our sport. We have a mission to consistently deliver finalists and medals at international level and we have a clear strategy to achieve this mission. This Championship reflects the excellence that Paul McNamara our High Performance Director and his team are delivering together with all our coaches, members, officials, and staff. Our team mix of youth and experienced athletes has contributed to the fearless racing we have witnessed throughout this week.”

Munich 2022 Medal Summary:

  • Silver Ciara Mageean 1500m (Time - 4.02.56)
  • Bronze Mark English 800m (Time - 1:45.19)

Irish National Record Summary (Broken in Munich):

  • Israel Olatunde 100m (Time 10.17)
  • Rhasidat Adeleke 400m (Time 50.53)
  • Women’s 4x400m Relay – Sophie Becker, Phil Healy, Rhasidat Adeleke, Sharlene Mawdsley (Time - 3.26.06)

Munich 2022 Top 8 Summary:

  • Fionnuala McCormack – Marathon – 7th
  • Women’s Marathon Team – 5th
  • Israel Olatunde - 100m – 6th
  • Rhasidat Adeleke – 400m – 5th
  • Women’s 4x400m Team – 6th
  • Brian Fay – 5000m – 8th
  • Ciara Mageean – 1500m – 2nd
  • Louise Shanahan – 800m – 8th
  • Mark English 800m – 3rd
  • Efrem Gidey – 10000m – 6th
  • Sarah Lavin 100mH – 5th


  • Eric Favors – Shot Put – 15th
  • Fionnuala McCormack – Marathon – 7th
  • Ann Marie McGlynn – Marathon – 29th
  • Aoife Cooke – Marathon – 34th
  • Women’s Marathon Team – 5th
  • Hugh Armstrong – Marathon – 58th
  • Israel Olatunde - 100m – 6th
  • Chris O’Donnell – 400m – 11th
  • Rhasidat Adeleke – 400m – 5th
  • Phil Healy – 400m – 31st
  • Sharlene Mawdsley – 400m – 27th
  • Women’s 4x400m Team – 6th
  • Thomas Barr - 400mH – 9th
  • Andrew Coscoran – 1500m – 9th
  • Luke McCann – 1500m – 18th
  • Brendan Boyce – 35k Walk – 10th
  • Ciara Mageean – 1500m – 2nd
  • Sarah Healy – 1500m – 22nd
  • Brian Fay – 5000m – 8th
  • Darragh McElhinney – 5000m – 16th
  • Michelle Finn – 3000m SC – 14th
  • Eilish Flanagan – 3000m SC – 24th
  • Marcus Lawler – 200m – 32nd
  • Roisin Flanagan – 5000m – 14th
  • Men’s 4x100m Relay DNF
  • Louise Shanahan – 800m – 8th
  • Mark English 800m – 3rd
  • John Fitzsimons – 800m – 26th
  • Hiko Haso – 10000m – 18th
  • Efrem Gidey – 10000m – 6th
  • Sarah Lavin 100mH – 5th


  • Day 1 Morning Report: HERE
  • Day 1 Evening Report: HERE
  • Day 2 Morning Report: HERE
  • Day 2 Evening Report: HERE
  • Day 3 Morning Report: HERE
  • Day 3 Evening Report: HERE
  • Day 4 Morning Report: HERE
  • Day 4 Evening Report: HERE
  • Day 5 Morning Report: HERE
  • Day 5 Evening Report: HERE
  • Day 6 Report: HERE
  • Day 7 Report & Munich Wrap: HERE

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