Waterford AC’s Orla O’Connor celebrates her great victory in the Czech Republic over the weekend. Photo: James Veale.
On Saturday last in Podebrady Czech Republic at an International Race Walking meeting Órla O’Connor Waterford AC won a 10KM walk beating 26 other athletes from all over Europe in the process and even better still had a personal best time of 49.23 seconds, the only athlete in the race to be inside 50 minutes.She worked her way through the field in the last thousand metres and won going away from Yekaterina Shlykova of Kasakhstan timed at 50.15 a national record with Julia Richter Germany third in 50.35.and seventeen in the field recorded season’s best times. Into the bargain another Irish walker Niamh O’Connor Newbridge was eighth and this enabled Ireland win the team award. Last year Órla competed in the same event and finished 21 st in 51 minutes 39 seconds so a major step forward for her. Órla competes in the World Junior Championships in Finland which are on from July 10th to 15th. Also in Podebrady last Saturday Kate Veale West Waterford competed in the 20 km race and finished 29th in one hour 46 minutes and 17 seconds and was disappointed with both her placing and time.
All-Ireland Juvenile Victories
Athlone IT was the venue on Saturday last for the rescheduled Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships section one and there were a small number of athletes from Waterford Clubs competing and they did well. For Ferrybank AC the girls under 19 team won the Relay, it was comprised of Katie Murphy, Lorna Monaghan, Zoe Kiely and Aoife Redmond and Katie Nolke also from Ferrybank was third in the under 15 long jump. For Waterford AC Shane Cawley won the under 17 shot putt with 13.26 metres and for West Waterford Kate Killigrew was joint first in the under 16 pole vault with 2.25 metres.