The 8 strong team of Irish athletes returned home from action at the European Throwing Cup  in Leiria which took place across March 12th and 13th.

Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrock AC) and John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) continued their early season consistency, with both claiming top 5 finishes in the Group B Shot Put final.

Favors claimed a second place finished with a penultimate throw of 19.70m, shy of his national record 19.84m but improving on his national championship best of 19.48m posted in Dublin on February 27th. The Raheny athlete produced a great round of throws with 3 attempts over nineteen meters.

John Kelly continued his blistering start to the 2022 season, posting yet another indoor PB with a throw of 18.83 on his final attempt. The Finn Valley athlete had recently thrown an indoor PB of 18.46m and this performance marks another big step forward as he prepares for outdoors.

In the U23 Men’s Shot-Put, James Kelly (Finn Valley AC) posted a 16.56m best for 8th place overall. Kelly will no doubt have been eying 17m+ and was unlucky to foul on a couple of attempts as he looked to maximise his distance.

Eoin Sheridan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) finished 8th in the Group B Discus final, securing a best of 51.43m.  The Dublin athlete’s attention will now turn to the outdoor season as he bids to go one place better and secure the national senior title.

Conor Cusack (Lake District AC) impressed in his 7th place finish in the men’s U23 Javelin final. The national U20 record-holder (72.12m) threw a best of 68.90m on his final throw of the competition.

Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) doubled up in both the senior women’s Shot Put and Hammer. Walsh secured a 6th place finish in the Group B Shot Put final with a 14.79 throw, while the Swinford star also secured a top 10 in the Group B Hammer final with a 59.25 throw (10th).

Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock AC) took to the senior women’s Discus, finishing 10th in the Group B final with a best of 49.81. Fogarty posted two valid throws in excess of 49m and would have undoubtably broken 50m but for a few fouls on her other respective attempts.

Nicola Tuthill (Bandon AC) was in action in the U23 Hammer Throw final. Tuthill started on fire with an opening 59.57 which would ultimately prove her best. The Bandon star managed three throws before having to conclude her competition. Tuhill’s attention will now turn to her outdoor season which will include the World U20 Championships later this year.

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