Forty eight athletes from thirty nine nations qualified to compete in six heats of the 800m at the World Junior [U20] Track and Field championships in Eugene, Oregon on last Friday morning. Local UCD/Tir Chonaill AC man Karl Griffin, drawn in Heat 2, ran a positive and controlled race to finish 2nd and qualify for Saturday evenings semi – final. Result: Algrem, Swedan, 1min. 50.27secs; 2, Griffin, Ireland, 1:50.69; 3, Vives, Spain, 1:50.77.
Three semi-finals of eight athletes with the first two from each semi and the two fastest losers qualifying for Sundays final was the order facing the twenty four contestants. Drawn in the second semi-final, Karl, ran positively throughout and with 150m to go came from 5th to challenge for a top three as the race reached the finish line. Result: 1, Masikinde, Kenya 1min.48.09secs; 2, Almgren, Swedan,1.48.87; 3, Khatir, France, 1.49.79; 4, Griffin, Ireland,1.49.97. Karl was agonisingly close to a final top eight qualification – within one second – and when the statistics were finally published his performance placed him in 12th position in the world for 2014.
This is indeed an outstanding performance that finds the 19-years-old Donegal Town man who recently completed his 1st Year of studies at UCD, placed in the elite category at World level. Congrats from all in Tir Chonaill AC and the local community.
All Ireland Clubs: The final two days of the Athletics Ireland Juvenile c/ships took place in Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday last and once again found a number of club athletes produce excellent performances.
Kelly McGrory, wins th U19/400m Hurdles –time 65.2.secs; Kate McGowan, finishes 3rd in the U18 400m Hurdles, 63secs, Eva McMullan, wins semi final in 60,41secs and finishes 4th in a closely contested U18/400m 57.71 secs - an outstanding performance/time, Jack Behan, runs bravely and finishes 4th in the U19/400m Hurdles, 65secs; Caolan OCallaghan leaps 1.75/4th U18 HJ, Emma Brady triple jumps to 4th in the U19 event - 3cm outside the medals, Ciara Crawford in the demanding U18 3k walk finishes 4th; Chloe Masterson throws a PB of 28.83m/Hammer U17. Well done to all and to the large group that participated so successfully in Days 1 and 2 of the c/ships two weeks ago - not forgetting the coaches that gave so much time and expertise over the year helping, encouraging and coaching
Upcoming: David Doherty, team manager, announced the following squad for Sundays National League final in Santry. This is the first time in fifteen years that a Men’s team have qualified for this stage of this prestigious inter club competition. Squad: Jack Behan, Christopher Doherty ,Paul Donavan,Daniel Gallagher,Mark Hoy (Guest),Sean Lorinyenko , Conal Mahon, Richard McCarthy, Caolan O’Callaghan, Paul O Gara, Callum O Halloran, Mark McGuiness, Barry Quigg, James Speight (Guest), Paul Ward, Manager David Doherty.Good Luck to us all
National Half Marathon: The club also wishes the large number of club athletes competing in the Rock in Roll National Half Marathon also in Dublin on Monday
Gathering 5k on Bank Holiday Monday: On Monday evening, the club hosts the annual Gathering 5k in Donegal Town. This popular race/walk on a flat, accurately marked course, part of the Donegal Grand Prix has numerous prizes for Junior, Senior, M40, M50 and M60 age groups.