Waterford’s Thomas Barr has qualified for the World Championships in London in August by coming third in Oslo in the Golden League. Photo: Inpho.
On Thursday last at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo most of the top athletes in the world men and women were competing. In the 400 metre hurdles Waterford’s Olympian Thomas Barr was in a world class race facing four of those he met in the Olympic final last year including the winner and bronze medalist as well as the two athletes who finished in front of him in Geneva the previous Saturday where he was third. Running from the dreaded lane one Thomas worked his way through the field to finish very strongly with a season’s best time of 48.95 and finish third with a brilliant effort and a qualifying time for the World Championships in London in August. The race was won by local favourite Karsten Warholm of Norway in a new national record time of 48.24 the third fastest time in the world this year, Yasmina Coppello Turkey the Olympic bronze medalist was second in 48.44. The Olympic champion Clement from the USA after losing his stride at the seventh hurdle finished last and the two who beat Thomas in Geneva were also behind him this time. Staying injury free it would appear that Thomas will be a contender at the World Championships in August.
WLRFM Waterford Viking Marathon on Saturday
A record entry of over 3000 has been received for the WLRFM Viking Marathon on Saturday next starting at 9am at the City Hall over a new course that will take the competitors at first around a short piece of the city then over Rice Bridge and continuing on out over Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge, Waterford Greenway, Mt Congreve. Depending on which of the distances you compete in places that are on the route are the old Cork Road from Tramore Cross in by the motor mile, main Industrial Estate, Lismore Park, Paddy Browne’s Rd others will see the Gracedieu East area past Roanmore GAA pitch, Logloss, ESB Complex ,City City again and all finishes at WIT Arena. Full course is up on Marathon website.
There’s just days to go to the 2017 WLR FM Waterford Viking Marathon. At the launch at WIT Arena were Fintan Walsh, Viking Marathon MC, Sinead Brannigan, @Sinead4fitness and Joe Cawley, Race Director. Photo: Noel Browne.
Three on International duty
On Saturday and Sunday next Ireland compete in the European Cup competition in Vaasa, Finland and three Ferrybank AC athletes compete on the Irish team. Thomas Barr is in the 400 metres hurdles and 4 x 400 metres relay, Cara Kennedy is in the hammer and Niamh Whelan is on the 4 x 100 m relay.
Juvenile fixtures this weekend
Morton Stadium in Santry in Dubllin is the venue on Saturday for the Annual Tailteann Games Schools Inter provincial which gets under way at 11 am .Several athletes from Waterford schools are on the Munster team boys and girls. also on Saturday in Tullamore the All Ireland juvenile games for under 9,10 and 11 boys and girls are on at 11 am, the events are a sprint, middle distance race ,long jump, turbo javelin and relays in each age group.
County Community Games finals
On Sunday at the RSC the Waterford Community Games Athletic finals take place starting with the Parade of the nine communities competing at 10.45 am and after the pledges etc have been completed the Games will begin and hopefully a race for special needs children will start the day.
Many Munster Juvenile Winners
On Saturday and Sunday last the Munster u 14 to 19 Championships were at Cork It Track and Waterford athletes excelled. The following were the winners from the clubs participating. Waterford AC; Shane Cawley u 16 shot putt and discus, Aidan Burke u 14 800 and 1500 m, Cathal Scanlon u 16 javelin, Dion Ryan u 19 high jump ,Órla O’Connor u 18 walk, Claire Caulfield u 15 walk, Maebh O’Connor u 14 walk, Hugo Blair u 18 3000 m, Luke Brennan u 18 1500m, Ferrybank; Katie Murphy u 18 100 m and 200 m, Emily Nolan u 19 100 m, Jake Bagge u 17 800m, Isobelle Cummins u 17 800 m and 1500 m, Katie Nolke u 14 high jump (a new record at 1.57 m ) and long jump, Josh Keller u15 800 m, West Waterford ;Niall Blackwell 1500 and 3000 m u 18, Diarmuid Harty u 18 pole vault, Kate Killigrew u 15 pole vault,Tramore Shane Monagle u 18 hurdles and long jump, Una O ‘Brien u 15 1500m and 3000 m. Silver medals went to the following,Waterford; Sarah Heery u 14 discus and shot putt, Rachel Stephens u 18 discus, Emily Myers u17 hammer, Anna O’Connor u 18 walk, Luke Brennan u 17 800 m, Eoin Kenny u 18 javelin, Dion Ryan u 19 long jump, Fergus O’Brien u18 steeplechase,boys u18 relay team. Ferrybank: Aisling Lowe u 18 steeplechase, Praise Oweye u 15 100m and long jump, Callum Hurley u 15 800 m, Emily Goff u 18 800 m, Mollie Hurchinson u 15 3000 m ,Oisin Kiely u 19 400 m, Emily Nolan u 19 200 m, Girls u 19 relay team, West Waterford ; Conor Mullaney u 16 3000m, Patrick Fitzgerald u 17 pole vault, Ryan Mc Grath u 16 pole vault ,Cian O’Riordan u 17 1500 and 3000 m , Lucy Holmes u 16 1500m, Tramore; Mark Hartery u 18 hurdles and long jump. Shane Monagle u 18 100m and 200m (inside the old record),.Bronze medal winners were Waterford; Eoin Kenny u 18 shot putt, Hugo Blair u18 1500 m, Sarah Jacob u 16 shot putt, Emily O’Mahony u 17 triple jump, long jump and hurdles, Ruth Heery u 18 walk, Shane Cawley u 16 hammer, Ferrybank; Kylie Heinen u 16 high jump, Aoife Casey u17 3000 m, Craig O’Brien u 18 3000m, Mollie Hutchinson u 18 3000m, Zoe Kiely u17 400 m,Craig Mc Aulliffe u 19 400 m, Katie Nolkie u 14 hurdles, Relay team u 18 girls. Jake Bagge u 17 1500 m,u18 girls relay. West Waterford; Aleksander Wagennar u 17 triple jump,Daragh Curran u 17 high jump, Alanagh Kelly u 16 pole vault, Lucy Holmes u 16 800m.
Dromana five miles
130 competed in the 25th Annual Michael C Nagle Dungarvan Leader Dromana 5 miles Villierstown to Cappoquin last Friday evening and first home was Damien Murphy West Waterford in 26 minutes 33 seconds, Kevin O’Leary East Cork was second in 26.57 and Trevor Power Waterford was third in 27.37. First lady home was Maeve Fenton Dooneen, Limerick in 32.37, Kate Veale was second in 34.09 and Sandra Prenderast third in 34.50 both West Waterford. The men’s team race was won by Waterford the team being Conor Sheils, Des Colbert and Colm Walsh and the women’s by West Waterford the members being Angeline Drennan, Karen Ryan and Ann Dunford. It was race 7 of the Intersport Elvery’s /Asics series promoted by West Waterford AC.