Thomas Barr reaches World semi final but then has to withdraw due to illness,
The World Athletic Championships began in London on Friday and on Sunday morning last Thomas Barr was in action in the heats of the 400 metres hurdles. There were fiive heats in the event with the first four from each heat automatically going through to Monday evening's semi final plus the four fastest losers. Thomas after another year of interrupted training this time due to a hamstring problem six or seven weeks back had only one race in the past six weeks and this was his winning performance at the National Championships two weeks ago in 49.79 seconds. Of the 40 competitors in the competition only one had dipped below 48 seconds this year 20 year old Mark Mc Master of The Virgin Islands who clocked 47.80 in May,the best time for Thomas this year was 48.95. However of the forty entered Thomas was the 5 th fastest of them with 47.97 achieved in the Olympic final last year.
Running in the second heat Thomas appeared to have a great chance of progressing and among his rivals was Mc Master. Coming up to the final bend he looked good but as we waited for his customary strong finish it did not materialise and he eventually finished 5 th in 49.79, then we heard that Mc Master had been disqualified due to a lane infringement and Thomas was in to the semi final,it transpired afterwards that he would have qualified anyway as one of the fastest losers. In his post race interview he said he was not happy as he felt in good shape but had a few problems with stride pattern and hurdles which had cost him to lose momento but he hoped he could put it right in the semi final on Monday night.Then at 10.30 am on Monday morning came the news that Thomas had pulled out of the semi final due to a vomiting bug and in a statement said "I'm gutted to have to withdraw from today's semi final. I wasn't feeling great yesterday evening and later in the night I was hit with a bad bout of gastroenteritis. "My whole year has been focused on the World Championships. Indeed it is true to say that it was a major blow to him after preparing for almost a year for his big event of 2017, and his performace in the semi final race in the final 100 metres was in hindsight no doubt connected to the virus. At this standard athletes have to be 100 % fit to do themselves justice and all involved in high performance sport will agree that his decision to withdraw was the correct one but no doubt not taken lightly and also presumably on medical advice,we wish him a quick recovery and many more years in the sport. It emerged later that several athletes from other countries including one or two of the top ones had also gone down with the same "bug" as Thomas so he was most unfortunate to be caught up in it.
Shane Monagle wins at Celtic Games
A young athlete from Tramore AC who has been enjoying a very successful season indoors and outdoors continued his winning ways in style at the Celtic Games under 16 and under 18 International in SantryStadium in Dublin on Saturday last involving Ireland , Scotland and Wales as well as Irish Development teams. Shane Monagle representing Ireland in the 110 metres hurdles under 18 won the event easily and into the bargain set a championship best performance of 14.21 seconds.Two other athletes from Waterford were competing with Irish Development teams and both finished second overall in their events Katie Murphy Ferrybank in the under 18 100 metres in 12.37 and Shane Cawley Waterford AC in the under 16 shot putt with a throw of 14.23 metres.Well done to all three on their performances.
Marine Climb details
Last Friday evening 110 competed in the The 24 th Annual Marine Climb 6 miles race which took place in the Dungarvan Area. First home in 34 minutes 38 seconds was Kevin O'Leary East Cork, Raivis Zakiswas second in 35.17 and Alan Kinsella third in 35.46 both West Waterford, First lady home was Kate Veale West Waterford in 42.12, Julie Kenneally Youghal was second in 44.09 and Stephanie Isley was third in 44.55.The category winners were as follows. Women F35 Laure Artiglia Eagle,Cork ,F40 Angeline Drennan West Waterford, F45 Brigid Coffey do, F50 Onra Power do, F 55 Josie Ui Chuirrin do. Men M40 Colm Costello Brothers Pearse, M45 Joe Kelly West Waterford,M50 Michael Dunford do , M 55 Gerry Cantwell do ,M60 Michael Moynihan do, Junior Conor Sheils Waterford It was Race 9 of the Intersport Elvery's/ Asics series.
On Sunday last the Annual Leo Carthy 6 km road race in Our Lady's Island Co Wexford was a good one for athletes from Ferrybank AC. First home was Andrew Connick in 19 minutes 8 seconds,Warren Roche was third, and next home were Denis Culloty and Mick O'Toole both in the top half of the field..
Liz Hayes Memorial Road Race
On Friday next August 11 th the Annual Liz Hayes Memorial Road 5 miles Road Race is in Ballyduff Lower Co Waterford near Kilmeaden will start at 7.30 pm preceded by a walk at 6.45 pm. Registration on totatiming.ie and on the evening from 6 pm
National Half Marathon on Sunday
In association with the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Dublin on Sunday next the National Half Marathon Championship of Ireland takes place. It starts at 8.30 am at The Docklands: Corner of North Wall Quay & Castleforbes Rd, Dublin, many from the Waterford area will compete.
More Road Races
Friday August 18 th the 18 th Annual Glaxo Smithkline 5 miles in Dungarvan at 7.30 pm final race in Intersport Elvery's /Asics Series.The Annual Sanofi Five Miles for M.S. Road Race will take place on Friday, the 25th of August with walkers leaving Sanofi on the Old Kilmeaden Road in Waterford at 6.30pm and runners at 7pm. All funds raised will go to the Waterford and South Kilkenny branch of M.S. Ireland. Registration is now open at totaltiming.ieFriday September 1 st at 7 pm Annual Cill Barra 5 Km in Ballybeg at 7 pm Registration on totaltiming.ie. Saturday September 16 th Darra Fitzpatrick Memorial 5 KM run on Waterford Airport runway with limited entry.The 'Croppy Boy Road Race' will take place on the Saturday 30th of September 2017 at 2:00pm in Passage East. This event has been kindly sponsored by the Scenic Passage East Ferry. There will be a 10km race and 5km fun run/walk ,entry fee starts at €10 with chip timing.,Families welcome.Registration is available through www.totaltiming.ie. , all enquiries to email@example.com .