Donegal’s Mary McLoone remains Ireland’s number one triple-jumper after once again claiming a gold medal at the National Indoor Athletics Championship in Athlone last weekend.
The Tir Chonaill AC athlete, who is a teacher at Glenswilly NS, claimed an eighth National Indoor triple-jump on Sunday last with a jump of 12.58 metres. She took the title from Caoimhe King, who was in second place with a jump of 12.39 metres.
The Donegal woman also won a silver medal in the long-jump with a jump of 5.86 metres, a mere .05 of metre behind the gold medal winner, Kelly Proper, who had a jump of 5.91 metres.
“It was a good championship overall and it was good to retain my triple-jump. And while I was second in the long jump, I was happy enough with that too. Both were very competitive. In the triple I was just .07 of a metre ahead of Caoimhe King and in the long jump I was just .05 of a metre down on Kelly Proper, the winner,” Mary told the Democrat, who took a year out from her teaching position to prepare for the championships.
Sunday’s gold medal in the triple jump brought the Tir Chonaill woman’s National Indoor triple medal haul to eight goals and equals her eight won in the triple jump outdoor.
The talented McLoone, who has been one of the leading female jumpers in the country in recent years, also boasts one National outdoor long jump gold medal and a number of silver medals.
“The triple jump is my best discipline and I have naturally enjoyed the most success at triple jump,” added Mary, who has taken a week off from training before beginning her preparation for the outdoor season which begins in May.
Once back in training her attention will turn to building up for the National Outdoor Championship in July and her bid for a ninth triple jump crown.
The other Donegal medal winner at the National Indoors was Lifford AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn, who took a very good silver in the 3000m.