It was a very good week for Waterford’s Thomas Barr.
Olympian Thomas Barr had two races on the continent last week in preparation for the European Championships in Berlin in August. On Tuesday evening he finished a close up fourth in the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku in Finland the race being won in 50.01 seconds by Mamadou Kasse Hann France he was just behind the second and third athletes clocking a season’s best time of 50.29 seconds, the third athlete home clocked 50.24. Then on Thursday evening at the Bislet Games Diamond League in Oslo he had another season’s best of 49.53 in finishing eighth in a field similar to an Olympics final and was pleased with the time so early in the season, the world’s fastest man this season Samba from Qatar won in a very fast 47.60 seconds; The current Olympic Champion was fifth. Thomas is competing on Sarurday in a 200 metres and 4x 400 m relay in Bern.
Murphy wins Northern Ireland title
Paul Murphy Ferrybank AC had a major win on Saturday last Competing in the Northern Ireland Championships in he posted a big personal best in winning the 200 metres in a fine time of 21.67 seconds. He won his heat first in 21.74 and withhis win in the final he had jason Harvey Crusaders second in 22.28 with Greg Whitehouse Tipton Hrs third in 22.5
Kate in Lithuania
Kate Veale West Waterford had two race walks in Alytus in Lithuania last Friday and Saturday and did well. In a 20km on Friday she was seventh in 1 hr 46 minutes 16 seconds and on Saturday in a 5000 metres she was fifth in 23.52
Munster Senior and Master’s titles aplenty
In Castleisland Co Kerry on Sunday last at the Munster Senior and Master’s Track and Field Championships athletes from Waterford did very well. In the senior grade Cara Kennedy Ferrybank had a double with the hammer and weight for distance and Luke O’Brien Waterford was third in the javelin.In the Master’s it was especially successful as numerous titles were won. For Waterford Paschal Halley won the over 45 400m,high jump and long jump and was second in the 200m, Anna DeCourcey won the 200 m,long jump and shot putt and was second in the long jump o 45,Tom O’Brien won the high jump and long jump and was second in the shot put o 50, Liz Colcough won the shot putt and high jump o 40, silver medals went to John Dineen in 200m o35 ,Richard Hayes 800m o45 and relay team o35 and Dineen was third in the 400 m. For West Waterford Joe Gough won the o 65 400 metres beating the Irish record for that age group, Mossie Keogh won the 800 m o40,Harry O’Brien the 800 m o50 and Michael Tutty the javelin o 55,Shirley Fennelly Tramore won the o45 100m, long jump and javelin and Pat Kennedy Ferrybank won the 0 60 hammer and was third in the discus.
Munster underage titles won
The Munster 3000 metres Championships for boys and girls under 16 to 19 were decided in Castleisland on Saturday last and Waterford athletes were among the winners. Evan Marshall Waterford AC won the boys u17 title and Mollie Hutchinson Ferrybank the under19 while Fergus O’Brien from the Waterford was second in the 3000 metres u 19, also on the programme were the under 9 to under 11 team Games,in the girls 60 metres team under 11 Finnisk V alley were second with Ava Flavin and Lucy Nugent. These two girls then joined Brook Dunford and sisters Siun and Saorlaith Mernin on the Finnisk Valley relay team that again finished second.