Monday, 20th August 2018
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Orla's National Record at World Championships

Having her first taste of the big time last week in Tampere in Finland at the World under 20 Championships Orla O'Connor Waterford AC put up a very respectable perform ace in the 10000 metres walk. Against 33 of the top athletes of the world and ranked 16 th going into the event she finished in 14 th place in a time of 47 minutes 55.40 seconds more than a minute faster than her previous best time and in the process set a new under 20 Irish record for the distance. She had a very good second 5000 metres of the race and in very hot humid conditions she finished quite well and gave it her best shot and she can be very pleased with her performance. The Championships proved to be very good from an Irish point of view with Sommer Lecky from Donegal taking the silver medal in the women's high jump and the women's relay team being brilliant as they took the silver medals behind Germany whom they ran very close wth great Britain third.These displays as well as the under 18 girls in the European under 18 championships the previous week saw six major medals come to Ireland and in particular to Irish Athletics, three under 18 European Gold,two World under 20 silver and one European u 18 silver.

Barr wins in Lucerne

In Lucerne in Switzerland last Monday evening week Olympian Thomas Barr won a top class International 400 metres hurdle race in a season's best time of 49.10 seconds with a typical power packed finish running from lane two, in second place was Teejay Holmes USA in 49.20 and Shaun Rowe Jamacia was third in 49.27. Going into the race both the second and third home had faster times this year than Thomas who was using these races as preparation for the European Championships which are in Berlin from August 7 th to 12 th. His final race before Berlin is expected to be the 400 metres hurdles defending his title at the National Championships on July 29 th. After his victory in Lucerne Thomas is currently ranked 7th in Europe this year the best mark is 47.81 seconds by Warholm from Norway and three others are sub 49 second

Six All Ireland Juvenile titles won.

On Saturday and Sunday last the first two days of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships were in Tullamore and Waterford athletes were in top form. There were two fine wins by Shane Monagle Tramore both in good times in the u 19 110 metres hurdles in 14.67 seconds and 100 metres in 10.99, the other winners were Lucy Holmes West Waterford under 17 800 metres in 2 minutes 16.84 seconds, Ruth Heery in the under 19 3000 metres walk in 15 minutes 44.51 seconds,Clare Caulfield the under 16 2000 metres walk in 10.29.50, both Waterford and Kate Killigrew West Waterford won the u16 pole vault with metres 2.60 metres, silver medals were won by Daniel Farrell u15 2000 m walk after Maeve O'Connor u15 2000 metres walk, James Murphy u19 long jump,Shane Cawley u 17 discus, Aidan Burke u 15 800 m,Meabh O'Connor u 15 2000 metres walk all Waterford AC, Mollie Jean Hutchinson u19 steeplechase,Katie Nolke u 15 high jump and long jump both Ferrybank and bronze medals went to Emily O'Mahony u18 100 m hurdles,Fergus O'Brien u 19 steeplechase,Hugo Blair u 19 3000 metres, Anna O'Connor u 19 3000 metres, Cormac Farrell u 18 hammer, Eoin Kenny u 19 javelin,Cathal Scanlon u 17 javelin, all Waterford, Katie Murphy u19 100m, Aisling Lowe u 19 steeplechase both Ferrybank and Ciar

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