Four All Ireland Senior titles won by Waterford athletes
In Morton Stadium in Santry in Dublin last Saturday and Sunday Waterford athletes kept up their amazing winning sequence at Ireland's principal Athletic fixture the All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships and came home with four individual gold medals-the same as last year- one silver and three bronze with three athletes retaining their titles. Year in year out Waterford athletes have won numerous Irish titles both on the track and in the field events at these Championships..
Three titles retained
Olympian Thomas Barr Ferrybank back in action after a few weeks out due to a slight injury won his semi final of the 400 metres hurdles on Saturday with ease in 51.33 and then on Sunday was well in control as he won the final in 49.79 seconds and this was his seventh title in the event in as many years. Another prolific winner is Cara Kennedy from Ferrybank and she retained her hammer title with a throw of 53.17 metres making it six titles in the last seven years. The third athlete to retain a title was Thomas Houlihan West Waterford who had a very good competition culminating with a winning effort of 4.55 metres. Former World Youth Race Walking Champion of 2011 Kate Veale West Waterford who returned to the sport last year after several years absence set the scene on Saturday winning the first title of the 2017 championships the 5000 metres walk effortlessly in a time of 23 minutes 22.15 seconds to add to the Indoor title she won a few month's back.In her final she was well clear of the field as she continues to get back to her previous great form. Niamh Whelan Ferrybank had a very good championships despite losing her 200 metres crown. In the 200 metres on Saturday she made it through to the final and finished third with a time of 23.92 seconds,then on Sunday she made it to the 100 metres final and took the silver medal in 11.69 seconds Two young female athletes from Waterford AC collected bronze medals in their events Grace Furlong with a fine effort in the triple jump of 11.67 metres and Órlaith O'Brien in the javelin with 40.34 metres-she was silver medallist in 2016,while Denise O'Connor from Tramore made it to the 400 metres hurdles final where he finished 8 th. Yet another super week end for Waterford athletics at the All Ireland Senior Track and Field Championships.
155 competed in the 22 nd Annual Doocey's Bar Ballymacarbry 5 miles road race last Friday evening and first home was Niall Sheil St Killian's Wexford in 26 minutes 15 seconds, Kevin O'Leary East Cork was second in 26.20 and Niall Blackwell West Waterford was third in 26.30. First lady home was Leonora Kiely West Waterford in 34.37, Elaine Horgan Clonmel was second in 35.40 and Maria White West Waterford was third in 35.57. The category winners were as follows; Women F 35 Sharon Nugent West Waterford,F40 Kate Wall Clonmel, F45 Brigid Coffey West Waterford, F50 Anna Byrne Clonmel, F 55 Josie Ui Chuiririn West Waterford. Men M40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford, M45 Peter Duggan St Joseph's, M50 Ray Hahessy West Waterford ,M55 Gerry Cantwell do, M60 Joe Goughdo. It was race 9 of the Intersport Elvery's /Asics series promoted by West Waterford AC
Pink Rock 10 Km
The Annual Pink Rock 10 km held on Sunday last in the Glenmore Area was won by Brian Maher Kilkenny City Hrs in 31 minutes 40 seconds, Ruari O'Donnell Ferrybank was second in 35.36 and James Kelly Castlecomer was third in 35.46. First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 38.16, Adele Walsh St Senan's was second in 40.46 and Elaine Donovan St Joseph's was third in 41.57.
Munster B Juvenile Championships on Saturday
On Saturday next in Templemore Co Tipperary the Munster B Juvenile Track and Field Championships start at 11 am. They cater for athletes under to under 16 and some Waterford athletes will compete.
On this Wednesday 26 th July the 3rd Annual Faithlegg Golf Course 5 Miles run starts at 7 pm entries on total timing.and in Faithlegg from 6 pm on the evening,there will be a Barbecue in Clubhouse afterwards. On Friday next July 28 th the final race in the Outfield Sports Series is the Iverk Produce Piltown 10 km in Piltown at 7.30 pm.and entries in Piltown from 6.15 pm and on Friday Augus 4 th the Annual Marine Climb in the Dungarvan area is another race in the Intersport Elvery's/Asics Series off at 7.30 pm.
From Friday week August 4 th to the 13 th the World Championships are in London with Thomas Barr competing in the 400 metres hurdles,the heats are on Sunday 6th, semi finals Monday 7 th and final Wednesday 9 th. and from August 20 th to 25 th in Taipei the World University Games are on and Niamh Whelan is on the Irish team n the 200 metres,Thomas Barr was also selected but will more than likely not travel.