Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Thomas Barr was out of luck in the Men’s 400m Heats at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Photo: Inpho.

Our own Thomas Barr it was a disappointing championships as he bowed out in the heats of the 400 metres with a time well outside his best and Thomas was unable to fathom out what went wrong after a slow start as he felt he was in good shape.
Once again as so often it the past Irish athletes have figured in the medals at a major Championship coming home from the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow with two bronze medals won on Sunday evening last by Mark English of Letterkenny in the 800 metres and Ciara Mageean from Portoferry Co Down in the 1500 metres and both have been on the podium before in major championships World and European.
Mark English got into the 800m final after a protest on his behalf by the Irish officials after he being obstructed in his semi final by another athlete and eventually finished fifth. In that semi final despite a great draw he had not run a particularly good race moving up the field and then falling back but in the final he got his tactics spot on, never far off the lead and fully deserved his bronze medal. Ciara Mageean made the final of the 1500 metres on Saturday after finishing third in her semi final and in the final won by the athlete of the meeting Laura Muir from Scotland Ciara ran a copy book race to miss out on the silver medal by inches.
Another athlete to impress was Waterford IT student Phil Healy from Bandon who just missed out on a final spot in the 400metres and several very young athletes were not out of their depth either, a few others like with all other countries were not in the hunt. Ireland finished 22nd out of 49 countries competing in the final medal table. The coverage by RTE was excellent both in the studio and in Glasgow with our own Jessie Barr and also Gerry Kiernan tops.

European Indoor Championships medalists
1966 400m Maeve Kyle BRONZE 57.3
1966 800m Noel Carroll GOLD 1.49.7
1967 800m Noel Carroll GOLD 1.49.6
1968 800m Noel Carroll GOLD 1.56.66
1969 800m Noel Carroll BRONZE 1.47.6
1970 1500m Frank Murphy SILVER 3.49.0
1979 1500m Eamonn Coghlan GOLD 3.41.8
1980 1500m Ray Flynn SILVER 3.38.5
1980 1500m Mary Purcell BRONZE 4.14.2
1985 1500m Marcus O’Sullivan SILVER 3.39.75
2000 1500m James Nolan SILVER 3.41.59
2000 3,000m Mark Carroll GOLD 7.49.24
2002 400m Karen Shinkins BRONZE 52.17
2005 400m David Gillick GOLD 46.30
2005 3,000m Alistair Cragg GOLD 7.46.32
2007 400m David Gillick GOLD 45.52
2009 60m Hurdles Derval O’Rourke BRONZE 7.97
2009 1500m Roisin McGettigan BRONZE 4.11.58
2009 3,000m Mary Cullen BRONZE 8.48.47
2013 3,000m Ciarán Ó Lionáird BRONZE 7.50.26
2013 3,000m Fionnuala Britton BRONZE 9.00.54
2013 60m Hurdles Derval O’Rourke BRONZE 7.95
2015 800m Mark English SILVER 1.47.20
2019 800m Mark English BRONZE 1:47.39
2019 1500m Ciara Mageean BRONZE 4:09.43

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