One of Waterford's and indeed Ireland's most consistent sportsmen in any age group 64 years old Joe Gough West Waterford has come up trumps once again at a major championship. In the early hours of Wednesday morning last Irish time in Daegu South Korea in the final of the World Masters Indoor 800 metres over 60 against 8 other athletes from all over the World he successfully defended his title easily taking the gold medal in a time of 2 minutes19.7 seconds seconds,Oleksandr Lysenko Ukraine was second in 2.22.81 and Wolfgang Kreemke Germany was third in 2.23.38,the day before he had won his semi final even more decisively.Then on Saturday morning he at first competed in his second choice event the 1500 metres final and he finished third behind an Irish winner David Lynch,Joe clocked 4 minutes 49.01 seconds and an hour or so later he was back on the track running the first leg of the 4 x 200 metres relay for the Irish team and they came in second behind Great Britain with the USA third. So he comes back from the World Master's with a complete set of medals ,gold in the 800 metres,silver in the relay and bronze in the 1500 metres,a terrific achievement by any standards. Joe takes his sport very seriously and retains a great appetite for the sport, trains diligently running in many road races around the country from 5 km to 20 km as part of that training and has had very few injuries or set backs real or imaginary over the years.He will shortly step up to the next age group the over 65 section and no doubt will figure prominently there also. Joe for years has been a terrific sporting ambassador for Waterford and a very successful master's athlete in many age groups at National,European and World level
Five All Ireland Juvenile titles won
Athlone was the venue on Saturday and Sunday last for the first two days of the Irish Health Life All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships and athletes from Waterford clubs won five titles.Two of the winners came from Waterford AC and two more from Ferrybank AC and one from West Waterford. Luke Brennan Waterford had a fine win in the under 17 1500 metres against a top class field,their second win came from Órla O'Connor in the under 18 walk which she easily won with her twin sister Anna third.For Ferrybank Kylie Heinen won the under 16 high jump with a big personal best of 1.64 metres and Katie Nolke won the high jump u 14 with a personal best jump of 1.57 metres, the fifth winner was Pat Fitzgerald West Waterford in the under 17 Pole Vault,silver medals were won by Shane Monagle Tramore in the long jump u 18 with a personal best of 6.59 metres the same distance as the winner who took the title on the count back,Dion Ryan Waterford in the u 19 high jump, Katie Murphy Ferrybank 60 metres u 18,Ferrybank u19 girls relay team,Kate Killigrew West Waterford u 15 pole vault and bronze medals went to Sam O'Neill u 17 pole vault, Ryan Mc Grath u16 pole vault both West Waterford,'James Murphy Waterford u 18 long jump,Clare Caulfield Waterford u 15 walk and MaeveO'Connor Waterford another sister of twins Orla and Anna was again third in the u 14 walk.
Wek end Fixtures
On Saturday next the final day of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships under 12 to 19 are in Athlone with lots of Waterford athletes competing the event begins at 10 am with check in closing at 9.15 am,full programme on Athletics Ireland website.
On Sunday the Munster Road Championships over 4 miles for senior and novice men and women and master's will be in Currow Co Kerry with a 1 pm start. A number of athletes from the County will be competing men and women chasing individual and team titles for club and county in many categories.Currow is a few miles from Castleisland.
Friday and Saturday April 7 th and 8 th Irish University Championships Cork IT. Sunday April 9 th Ferrybank Open Sports RSC 12 noon,contact 087 6889330.also National 10 km Road Championships Dublin,Saturday 22 nd Munster Junior and under 23 Championships and juvenile and youth combined events RSC Waterford Wednesday 26 th Waterford Primary Schools Championship RSC.10.30 am.Road Races coming up are First race in West Waterford series in Ballinaroad over 5 km Friday April 7 th at 7 pm,Friday April 14 th Butlerstown 4 miles 7 pm, Friday April 21 st Faugheen 5 km 7.30 pm Carrick Series,and Ferrybank GAA Road Race Sunday April 23 rd 12 noon entries now on total timing.ie
Anti Doping Review
Sports Ireland Anti Doping Review for 2016 was published last week and it showed that it had carried out 1003 tests in 2016 across various sports,this was made up of 677 urine and 326 blood tests.Top of the list was athletics with 250, Cycling was second with 155,Rugby third on 113, GAA fourth on 97,swimming and boxing 61 each and Soccer 44. right down along the line to 1 for ladies Golf. The total cost was 1.755 million Euro this includes salary for four permanent staff. From an athletic point of view the figure of 250 tests seems very large when you consider Ireland has a tiny pool of International athletes and there have been only a minimal number of athletes suspended since the anti Doping Regime was started here years ago probably in the lower range of single figures.Having said that Ireland has one of the most stringent testing regimes and long may it continue. 60% of those tested were happy with the procedure and 40% not, in early years there were many dissatisfied with the approach adopted by some of the testers as a first test can be a major event for an athlete. In line with the World Anti-Doping Agency International standard for therapeutic Use Exemptions, Sport Ireland TUE Committee considers TUE applications for Irish athletes.In 2016 it had 12 applications from Rugby players with 11 granted and nine from GAA players with eight granted,athletics with 5 and 4 granted.There were two Anti Doping Violations in 2016 in Paralympic Cycling and motorcycling and two cases pending.The full report is on Sport Ireland website and all sportspeople should read it and remember if in doubt about any medicine etc contact the council or National Governing Body.
Late Jimmy Delany
The death has occurred of Jimmy Delany Ballydermody Fenor at the age of 92. He was a fine middle distance and cross country runner in the 1940's and 1950's with Dunhill AC. He was County Senior X Country Champion in 1944( race held in Williamstown),1950( held in Dunhill )and 1951(held in Tallow).On the track he won the Munster 1500 metres title in 1950 in Portlaw and won county titles at 1,3 and 4 miles during the 1940's and early 1950's. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and a true christian into the bargain.Sympathy is extended to his sisters and many other relatives from all involved in Waterford athletics
Co Board meeting
This Friday at 8 pm there is a meeting of the County Athletic Board in De La Salle College at 8 pm and all clubs asked to be represented.