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National Championships Day 2 – the Golden Double

Brian Gregan and Jeremy Phillips secured two more gold medals for Clonliffe athletes at this year’s National Championships. This was Brian’s 4th title in a row and he won it with his fastest ever run at the Nationals (45.74).  His commanding victory sets him up perfectly for the upcoming World Championships in London.

Jeremy returned from this silver medal performance in the 200m on Saturday to run two new club records, (10.46 and 10.39) saving his fastest for the final and a clear gold medal winning performance.

In the women’s sprints, Leah Moore finally broke the 45 year old 100m club record of the legendary Claire Walsh. Her time of 11.87 from the early heats was just inside the 1972 set record of 11.90. This has been a target of Leah’s for some time, so congratulations from all in the club. Her time of 11.94 secured her 5th place in the final.

In the 400m Luke Lennon-Ford was just outside the medals when he finished 4th in a time of 47.94.

In the men’s 1500m, Eoin Pierce had his best finishing place at the National level with 5th (3.56.76). Cathal Doyle’s weekend culminated in a 9th (3.58.82) place finish and Richie Owens, just back from an injury, was 11th (4.01.57)

Running his second 5000m of the weekend, Ian Guiden was 12th with a time of 15.33.77.

Snezana Bechtina ran 58.54 for 6th in the 400m final, while Eleanor Alexander ran a season’s best time of 2.13.71 for 7th in the 800m.

In the field events , Keith Marks picked up another medal, with a jump of 7.12m for bronze.

Caoimhe Morris also produced a season’s best, when throwing 42.20m in the Hammer which was good enough for 7th place.

Finally, in the junior 3000m championships, held in conjunction with the senior event, Sean O’Leary ran well to pick up a bronze medal with this time of 9.03.70. Alex Gibbons was 7th in the same race in a time of 9.41.09

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