Lawler silvers on Day 1 of National Indoor C’ships

Day 1 of the national indoor championships at the NIA in Abbottstown saw some very positive performances by the Clonliffe athletes in action. In the 200 Marcus Lawler ran a new club record of 21.14 in winning his heat and then in the final had another very positive run taking silver in a time of 21.17 behind Mark Smyth of Raheny in a time of 20.77, the 2nd fastest Irish indoor 200 time recorded.

The other final today having Clonliffe interest was the 60 hurdles where Rolus Olusa was just out of the medals finishing 4th in a time of 8.25.

The 400s saw Leah Bergin run 56.25 for 2nd in her heat and then in the semis she had a superb run, recording her second best time ever, of 55.78, to finish 3rd and grab a place in tomorrow’s final, her first ever National senior final. A superb achievement. Also through to the final tomorrow is Aaron Tierney Smith, Aaron celebrated his birthday by running an indoor PB of 50.33 in the heat to take 2nd and then the semi-final he ran 50.49 placing 4th, although subsequently with a pull out from the final has been elevated into that final berth. Both Clodagh Dunbar, 60.25 and Anna Heavey , 62 01 went out in the heats. Clodagh had earlier ran 26.23 in the 200.

Also safely through to tomorrow’s finals is Eoin Pierce, the 2019 National indoor champion, in the 1500 with a measured run to finish 2nd in his semi-final in a time of 3.57.95. Whilst earlier in the day Adrian Iordan went out in the 800 placing 4th in a time of 1.54.31

Day 2 gets underway at 11 AM with the 60s and concludes at 3 PM with the 4 x 200 relay