John Kelly sets new Donegal record

John Kelly sets new Donegal record
St. Johnston athlete, John Kelly broke a long standing Donegal athletic record on Tuesday night in Belfast.

St. Johnston athlete, John Kelly broke a long standing Donegal athletic record on Tuesday night in Belfast.

The Finn Valley athlete, still only 17, broke the county shot putt record held by John Gallagher of Cruit Island.

The record had been set in 1943 in Thornton Scotland.

The new mark achieved by Kelly on Tuesday night in Belfast, went out to 14. 12.

The remarkable initial achievement by the Rosses man way back in the forties, some 70 years ago, in itself, was a notable landmark in the history of the sport.

John Gallagher, in his time in athletics, was national senior champion competing at that time with the Strabane club as no organised athletics club existed in Donegal until the sixties.

The new record, set by John Kelly, is a major miestone. Kelly is coached by his dad, John.

“He is the new kid on the block and we are delighted with his progress, his development and attitude. He has a great season, winning Irish and British Youths and competing in the World Youths,” said Finn Valley supremo, Patsy McGonagle.