Waterford’s Thomas Barr of Ferrybank AC is back in action in a world class 400m hurdles race in Doha in the Diamond League on Friday night seeking a qualifying time in his favourite event for the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.
Waterford athletes will be competing at two venues abroad in the coming week Florida USA and Doha and also nearer home at a meeting in Belfast. The American Collegiate meeting in Florida is a qualifier for the National finals in early June and the Doha Diamond league is also a meeting for athletes to try and make this year’s Olympics
Thomas chasing Olympic Qualification
On Friday next Thomas Barr Ferrybank AC is competing in a world class 400 metres hurdles race in Doha in the Diamond League seeking a qualifying time in his favourite event for the Olympics still set to go ahead in Tokyo in late July early August. Thomas has already secured qualification for Tokyo on the Irish Mixed 4 x 400 metres relay and will also run in 400 metres hurdle races in Gothenburg Sweden Grand Prix on June 2nd,Turku in Finland on June 8th and Sollentuna in Sweden on June 13th.
National Collegiate Qualifier in Florida
The NCAAA Collegiate Preliminaries go ahead at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida Campus from Wednesday to Friday and two Waterford AC athletes will compete. Barry Keane Butler University is entered for both the 10000 and 5000 metres the former scheduled for Wednesday and the latter for Friday while on Thursday Órla O’Connor Providence College competes in the 10000 metres. The NCAAA Championship finals are in Oregan from June 9th to 12th, hopefully both will progress to these
On Saturday next on the Mary Peters Track in Belfast the Irish Milers Club promote a track meeting and quite a few athletes from Waterford have entered, Waterford AC have a large number of athletes listed. , They include Ruth Heery, David McGlynn, Matteo Mary, Jamie McCarthy, Harry Colbert, Emer McGlynn, Aidan Burke, Ferrybank have Niamh Whelan and Paul Murphy, West Waterford have Miceál Power and Pat Hennessy and Tramore have Shane Monagle. There are various grades in most races, the fixture begins at 1.10 pm.
As of now the AAI Games now with a European Permit goes ahead in Morton Stadium Santry on June 12th and 13th as well as the National Combined Event Championships (Youth/Junior/Senior/Masters, other fixtures listed for June are 20th Irish Life Health Junior Championships and U23 Specific Events, Morton Stadium, Santry, 26th and 27 th Irish Life Health National Senior and U23 Championships, Morton Stadium, Santry
European fixtures coming up
Below are some fixtures coming up on the European Championship scene at which some athletes from Waterford may be competing. June 5th European 10000 metres Cup, Birmingham ‘
June 19th and 20 th European Team Championships Cluj-Napoca, Romania, European U20 Championships Tallin ,Estonia.
European U-23 Championships cancelled
European Athletics was informed this week by Norwegian Athletics that despite intensive discussions with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health, it was unable to obtain an exemption from the strict entry quarantine rules in place due to Covid-19, and therefore the European Athletics U23 Championships planned for 8-11 July will not take place in Bergen, Norway. In the coming days European Athletics will investigate the possibility of finding a new host for the European Athletics U23 Championships at a date later in the summer, most probably after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.