Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Waterford’s Thomas Barr got his outdoor season off to a great start with a third place finish in the Diamond League meeting in China over the weekend. Photo: Inpho.

On Saturday last in Shanghai in China at the Diamond League meeting Thomas Barr had his first race of the outdoor season in a top class 400 metres hurdles race and finished third in 49.41 seconds a very good effort. The race was won by Abderrahman Samba Qatar in the fastest time in the World this year in 47.27 seconds, Ben Rai from USA was second in 47.80 and while Thomas was a bit behind in third spot he was quite happy with the result. His  next race in the Stockholm Diamond League on Thursday May 30 th  His main target for the 2019 season is the IAAF World Championships scheduled from 27th September to 6th October in Doha, Qatar. Thomas  will have learned from Saturday’s race that lots of work will be needed during the summer getting his time down.

On Sunday in Altyus in Lithuania the European Cup of  Race Walking took place and Kate Veale West Waterford finished  in 36th place in a field of top class walkers in a season’s best time of 1.43.08.

National Senior League
At a very late stage Waterford Co. Board decided to enter two County teams in the first round of the National League in Templemore on Sunday last and both did well. The  women’s  team finished third with score of 101 points  just1 point behind second position and the men’s team finished 5th with a score of 85 points two points behind 4th and 12 points behind third. Great to see both competing and a step in the right direction for senior athletes with many quite young.

Munster Schools Finals
Athletes from Waterford schools had 12 wins and several second and third placings at the Munster Secondary Schools track and field finals in Cork IT on Saturday last The following were the winners with Senior First, Cathal Scanlon St Declan’s Kilmacthomas javelin,Conor Coleman 3000 m walk ,Diarmuuind Harty pole vault both St Augustine’s, Tara Ramasawmy Ursuline 1500 metres, Kylie Heinen St Declan’s high jump, Intermediate Matteo Mary St Declan’s 1500 metres, Maebh O’Connor Waterpark 2000 m walk, Sean Mullarkey CBS Dungarvan shot putt,Junior Tadg Connolly Abey CC 1500 metres and discus, David Scanlon St Declan’s javelin and Emmet O’Neill Abbey hammer. Silver medals at senior level went to Emily O’MahonySt Augustine’s triple jump,Lucy Holmes 800m Kate Hickey steeplechase both Ard Scoil Na nDeise, Emily Myers Waterpark hammer ,Patrick Fitzgerald St Augustine’s pole vault. Intermediate 800 m Callum Hurley Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore, Katie Nolke Ursuline high jump.Junior 100m Marcel Dobrovoski Waterpark, hammer Stephen Ryan Gael Scoi Phortlairge, discus Sean Mullarkey CBS Dungarvan, high jump Sophie Crowley Newtown School, minor Relay St Declan’s,Aidan Burke De La Salle 1mile under 16,Bonze  medal winners at senior level.Fergus O’Brien Gael ScoilPhortlairge steeplechase, Gergo Villanyi St Augustine’s hurdles, Emily O’Mahony do long jump,Ciaran Buenaventura do high jump ,Cian O’RiordanCBS Dugarvan 5000 m,Emma Caullfield Ursuline 3000 m, Cormac Farrell De La Salle hammer.Intermediate Eoin Buenaventura St Augustine’s high jump, Sean Dunford do pole vault, Sean Mullarkey CBS Dungarvan discus Ursuline relay, Katie Nolke do long jump and Katie Kenneally St Augustine’s in the junior pole vault.

Final Day
Many athletes from all the clubs in the County competed on the final day of the County Championships at the RSC on Sunday last. Corey Scanlon Finnisk Valey won six under 14 titles in the hurdles, 200m, long and high jump, shot putt and hammer. Three had trebles Tom Halley Tramore, EoinBuenaventura and  Mattie Mullaney both  West Waterford, Doubles were recorded by the following; Oisin Bloomer, Sarah Abullo, Anna Duffin and Jack Corcoran Waterford, Lilly Mae, Leah and Caragh Queally KCK, DaraO’Neill and Rian O’Donoghue Tramore and Eddie Raicevic Finnisk Valley. TheCounty Board wish to thank all who helped out both days as well as the staff at the RSC

Splashworld 10km
180 competed in the Annual Splashworld 10 km road race in Tramore last Friday evening in miserable conditions and first home leading from the start  and well clear was Liam Stack Ferrybank in 34 minutes 44seconds, Frank Quinlan Waterford was second in 35.38  and John McGrath United Striders Wexford was third in 35.44.First lady home and well clear was  Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford in 37.05 ,Louise Morgan Ferrybank was second in40.25  and Joan Mahony Waterford was third  in 41.06.Category winners Ladies; junior Muireann Cuddihy Waterford, F35 Janet Quinlan Saturday Road Runners,F 40 Joan Mahoney Waterford, F45 Helena Coleman do, F50 Deirdre Halligan Ind, F 55 Anne Fitzgerald Waterford.Men; M40 Aubrey Storey, Waterford,M5 David Gunnip do, M50 Tony McMahon Focus on Fitness, M55 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners, M60 Tom Burns Waterford.

Munster Juvenile event
Cork IT is the venue for a Munster Juvenile fixture on Saturday next with the field events getting under way at 10.30 am. The programme consists of under 9 to u11 individual and pairs, some u12 and u 13 field events and junior, senior and master walks. This Thursday at 6.30pm the Waterford County Primary Schools Sports finals are in St Augustine’s College Grounds Abbeyside at 6.30pm.

Two local Road Races
On Friday with a 7.30 pm start race five in the Elverys/Asics Intersport series is the 24th Annual Touraneena 5 km starts in the village of Touraneena. The venue is just off the main Dungarvan to Clonmel Road at and entries will be taken at St Mary’s  Primary School  from 5.30pm. The proceeds go to the School Fund.
On Saturday with a 7pm start the re fixed Angela Burns 10km Run and Walk organised by Ferrybank GAA will start at Ferrybank GAA Grounds and late entries will be taken there from 5.30pm.

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By Fintan Walsh
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