Donegal athletes claimed two silver and two bronze medals at the National Atletics Indoor Championships finals in Athlone at the weekend.
Dan Mooney, Letterkenny AC and Karl Griffin, UCD and Tir Chonaill AC, were the silver medal winners. Olympic walker Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny AC and Tir Chonaill triple jumper Conal Mahon, claimed bronze.
In a superb run in the 1500m final, Mooney finished second to David McCarthy from West Waterford AC.
Mooney, who was the clear second, finished in a time of 3:52.14 with winner McCarthy, who has already made the qualifying time for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Poland, taking the tape in a time of 3:49.50. Darragh Green, Dunleer AC was third in a time of 3:54.85 with Letterkenny AC’s Ruairi Finnegan just out side the medals in fourth place. Finnegan’s time was 3:57.65
Karl Griffin produced a top class run in a very exciting 800m final to come home second behind Niall Tuohy, Ferrybank AC with Harry Purcell, from Dunleer AC,in third place.
Tuohy finished in a time of 1:52.14; Griffin in time of 1:52.82 with Purcell taking the bronze medal in a time of 1:53.67.
Letterkenny athlete Mark English, yjr new Irish Indoor 800m record holder, withdrew from the championships due to illness.
English, the reigning indoor champion, withdrew with a respiratory infection as a precautionary measure as he prepares for next month’s World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.
Tir Chonaill AC’s Conal Mahon claimed his bronze in the senior men’s triple jump which was won by Anthony Daffrun, St Ronan’s AC with Eoin Kelly, St Abban’s AC second.
All those medals were won yesterday (Sunday) on the last of the two day championships. Brendan Boyce claimed his bronze medal on Saturday, in the a keenly contested 5k walk.
In the absence of Robert Heffernan, who was competing in the Millrose Games in New York at the weekend, Alex Wright (Calry AC) claimed the Men’s 5k Walk title in a time of 19.25.38.
There was little between Wright and his training partners Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC). The Donegal man was pipped for a silver medal by Hickey on the line. Hickey registered a time of 19:56.78 with Boyce crossing the finish line in a time of 20:03.91, both personal best times.