Karl Griffin’s mixed emotions after silver

Karl Griffin’s mixed emotions after silver
Donegal silver medalist at 800 metres at the National Indoor last weekend, Karl Griffin, has mixed emotions at his second place finish.

Donegal silver medalist at 800 metres at the National Indoor last weekend, Karl Griffin, has mixed emotions at his second place finish.

Griffin of UCD and Tir Chonaill AC, finished second in the 800 final pipped at the line in a very competitive race by Niall Tuohy, Ferrybank AC, Waterford.

Tuohy took the tape in a time of 1:52.14 with Griffin just .68 of second behind him and Harry Purcell, Dunleer AC, in third place, over a second behind the Donegal man.

“The emotion afterwards were mixed from disappoinment that I hadn’t won the race and delight at having came second and taking the silver medal,” Karl told the Democrat this week.

“I went into the race feeling that I was good enough to win. I had run against Niall a number of times before and while he pipped me on each occasion, there was little between us and I felt before the race that I would finally get the better of him.

“But it turned out to be a very messy race with a lot of jostling and pushing and shoving and he just managed to pip me once again at the line. I had to be happy once again with the silver medal which still I suppose it was a good result and I had a bit to spare over Harry Purcell.”

Karl’s personal best time for the distance is 1:49.82 which was set a number of weeks ago at the AAA’s championships in Athlone.

Griffin was one of two Donegal athletes to claim a silver medal the championships. Danny Mooney, Letterkenny AC, was the other. Mooney won his at 1500 metres when he came second to David McCarthy, West Waterford. The Letterkenny man was a clear second in a time of 3:52.14 well ahead of bronze medal winner Darragh Green, Dunleer AC, who recorded a time of 3;54.85. Winner McCarthy, who has already made the A qualifying time for next month’s World Indoors in Poland, crossed the line in a time of 3:49.50.

Olympic walker Brendan Boyce and Conall Mahon, Tir Chonaill AC were the other Donegal medal winners at the Championships.

Boyce won a bronze medal in the 5k walk just edged out of the silver medal by Luke Hickey (Leevale AC). Mahon also won bronze in the triple jump.

With Olympic gold medal winner Robert Heffernan absent from the race, there was very little between training partners Boyce, winner Alex Wright (Calry AC) and Hickey. Wright won in a time of 19:25.38, with Hickey recording a time of 19:56.78 and Boyce, 20:03.91 - both personal best times.

Also at the Championships, Ruairi Finnegan, Letterenny AC, finished just outside the medals in fourth place in the 1500 final, with Mark Hoy, Finn Valley AC,one place further back in fifth spot.

Meanwhile, Irish Indoor record holder Mark English from Letterkenny was forced to withdraw from the championship last week with a respiratory infection. He is currently preparing for next month’s World Indoors Championships in Poland.