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Day 2 and another 12 medals

Jun 19, 2010 [Noel Guiden] A new day dawned on the Morton Stadium another perfect Summer`s day. Another perfect day for athletics. Day 2 of the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships. After the success enjoyed by Clonliffe athletes last evening many of them returned early this morning for more of the same. Once again there was a great turn out of black and amber clad youngsters and at the close of business a dozen medals had been won.

The first medal successes of the day came in the long jump pit as Timothae Lawless took bronze in the boys U/12 long jump. A good performance also from Peter Taylor in the U/13 boys making the final. In the U/13 girls Sarah Lynott jumped superbly to take silver.

In the sprints events another medal was won by Timothae this time gold in the U/12 80m, a good run also in this by Joseph who despite a bad cold made the final.

Jasmine Hayles was excellent in the girls U/14 100m a clear winner and followed that up with second place in the long jump (4.16m). Megan Coomber was just out of the medals in the U/15 100 placing 4th, but will look forward to her speciality, the long jump, tomorrow.

The John Shields sprint squad were out in force: Patrick O`Connor, full of running in taking the U/18 100m, with Stuart Roche, looking powerful, taking bronze. Keith Kavanagh also looked very good in winning silver in the U/19 100m.

On then to the distance athletes. First off Aisling Aherne working very hard in the hot afternoon sun really earned her silver medal in the U/18 girls 3,000m running well inside her PB. Ian Guiden ran a very well judged race winding up for home with 800 to go and winning U/17 gold in a new PB of 9.24. John Buckely ran well in his first 3,000 (10.46). Ryan Cleary took to the track in the U/16 walk and went away with silver after a brave effort on the final lap to close up on the leader and was very close to gold. Finally in the last event of the day Alex Anyegbunam won U/18 gold in the triple jump.

Another great day for the club. Well done to each and every one of our athletes today. We look forward to the final day tomorrow begining at 12.00 noon: with the shot putt and 300m heats, also on offer tomorrow, long and high jumps, javelin, hurdles, 1500m, 200m and steeple chase.

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