Galway athletes make impressive return to competition

Galway athletes produced some outstanding performances in Dangan at the first open athletics competition this year.

The returning Emma Moore of GCH was impressive in the women’s 800m, winning in 2.14, while Craughwell AC's Jack Miskella ran 1.55 to win the men’s 800.

John Whiriskey of South Galway AC won master’s gold, and top sprinter Robert McDonnell of GCH continued his excellent season, winning both the men’s 100m and 200m events in 10.97 and 21.85 respectively.

Masters’ sprinters Majella Loftus and Jim Phelan of GCH, John Walkin and David Mulligan of Craughwell all took category wins, while Sinead Treacy of Craughwell AC won senior 400m gold and Alex Joyce won the junior girls' event for Tuam AC.

Cian Coyne won an exciting tussle with William McDonnell to win the men’s 1500m, with Emily Mioskella of Craughwell AC winning the women's event.

In the 400m hurdles, Aoife Sheehy of GCH opened her season with a solid victory, while in the field events, Mary Barrett of Loughrea AC won triple gold in the shot putt, discus and javelin at masters' level. Chloe Casey of GCH won the junior girls' shot putt, while Craughwell athletes reigned supreme in the jumps, with wins for Laura Cunningham in the senior long and triple jumps, and Saoirse Pierce in the junior high jump. Alex Joyce continued her good form winning the triple jump at junior level for Tuam AC.

In the field events, Michael Breathnach was outstanding, winning the senior men’s shot putt, discus and javelin throws for GCH, while Liam Shaw of Athnery won the junior men’s shot putt and discus.

Jack Hession of Tuam AC won the junior long jump, Lukas Schuakt of Craughwell took gold in the junior high jump, while Richard Kamsen of GCH won the triple jump.

There were some impressive performances from Connacht athletes, particiularly javelin winner Conor Cusack of Lake District who threw a European B Standard of 68.45 metres in the highlight of the day.

Galway 5k series: The fifth and final week of the virtual 2021 Galway 5k series has concluded with Craughwell AC wheelchair athlete Shauna Bocquet recording another record time of 13.12. The fastest male was Glen Garino in 16.10, and fastest female was Katie O'Regan in 18.09 for GCH.

The 2021 AAI Games and Irish Life Health National Senior/Junior Combined Events Championships will take place on June 12 and 13 in Morton Stadium, Santry.


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