Rome 2024: Day 5 Morning Session



The Irish 4x400m relay team of Sophie Becker, Phil Healy, Lauren Cadden, and Sharlene Mawdsley have secured a place in Wednesday’s 4x400m final with a superb winning display in the second of this morning’s heats.

The Irish quartet posted a time of 3:24.81Q which was the fastest of the eight teams qualifying for the final which is set for 8.05pm tomorrow evening.

Sophie Becker led the team away to a great start, before handing over to Phil Healy who used her 200m speed to work Ireland into a leading position at the break. Sligo’s Lauren Cadden took the baton from Healy and used her World Relay experience to run a smooth leg on in her first major championships appearance.

Sharlene Mawdsley was a late call up to the anchor leg, with the race coming just thirteen hours after running in her first major championship final as an individual last night. Those exertions seemed to have little effect on the Tipperary athlete with Mawdsley running a simply outstanding final leg to move Ireland from fourth to first place over the final 200m, posting the fastest leg of any athlete in 49.76.

The men’s 4x400m team secured another top ten placing for Ireland in this morning’s heats but unfortunately were just short of advancing. Experienced relay athletes Jack Raftery and Chris O’Donnell ran superb legs, before handing over to 17-year-old Sean Doggett who became Ireland's youngest ever track athlete to compete at a major track and field championships.

Doggett would hand over to Callum Baird who produced a storming final leg of 45.14, but after a nervous wait in the fast qualifier hotseat, it was confirmed that Ireland would not advance to tomorrow’s medal decider.

The men’s 4x100m team of Bori Akinola, Mark Smyth, Colin Doyle, and Israel Olatunde finished 7th in their heat in a season’s best time of 39.34 which was not enough to progress. It did mark another step forward for the sprint relay team as they edge ever closer to making their first major final.

Results Summary:

  • Men’s 4x400m Relay – Round One – 5th in heat in 3:04.41 SB

1 Jack RAFTERY 46.68

2 Christopher O'DONNELL 45.26

3 Sean DOGGETT 47.33

4 Callum BAIRD 45.14

  • Women’s 4x400m Relay – Round One – 1st in heat in 3:24.81Q

1 Sophie BECKER 51.64

2 Phil HEALY 51.29

3 Lauren CADDEN 52.12

4 Sharlene MAWDSLEY 49.76

  • Men’s 4x100m Relay – Round One – 7th in heat in 39.34 SB

Full results list: HERE


The evening session will see Anika Thompson and Laura Mooney look to bank valuable senior championships experience with the pair taking to the women’s 10,000m final from 8.30pm.

Thompson broke Mooney’s U23 10,000m national record in California at the end of March and the US based pair are sure to have sights set on breaking into the top 20 as they chase down personal best performances.

Irish Athlete Schedule (times listed in Irish time with Italian local time in brackets):

Day Five – Tuesday June 11th

Evening Session

  • Anika Thompson – Women’s 10,000m – Final – 20:30 (21:30)
  • Laura Mooney – Women’s 10,000m – Final – 20:30 (21:30)

Day Six – Wednesday June 12th

Evening Session

  • Brian Fay – Men’s 10,000m – B Race – 19:12 (20:12) **
  • Efrem Gidey – Men’s 10,000m – B Race – 19:12 (20:12) **
  • Peter Lynch – Men’s 10,000m – B Race – 19:12 (20:12) **
  • Cormac Dalton – Men’s 10,000m – B Race – 19:12 (20:12) **
  • Barry Keane – Men’s 10,000m – B Race – 19:12 (20:12) **
  • Women’s 4x400m Relay – Final – 20:06 (21:06)
  • Brian Fay – Men’s 10,000m – Final – 20:44 (21:44) **
  • Efrem Gidey – Men’s 10,000m – Final – 20:44 (21:44) **
  • Peter Lynch – Men’s 10,000m – Final – 20:44 (21:44) **
  • Cormac Dalton – Men’s 10,000m – Final – 20:44 (21:44) **
  • Barry Keane – Men’s 10,000m – Final – 20:44 (21:44) **
  • Andrew Coscoran – Men’s 1500m – Final – 21:26 (22:26)

*Subject to Advancing

**Seeding TBC at later date

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