Tuesday, 17th July 2018
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Orla at World Championships

This week the World under 20 Track and Field Championships are in Tampere in Finland from July 10 th to July 15 th and Orla O'Connor Waterford AC competes for Ireland in the 10000 metres walk, the race is timed for 9.35 am on Saturday morning. For the distance Orla has a best time of 48 minutes 52 seconds set on the road in the Isle of Man early this season in February but she won a 10000 metres track race in Podebrady Czech Republic in May in 49.23. In Saturdays race an athlete from Ecuador heads the list with a time of 44.58 and another seven are below 46 minutes. Orla is ranked 16 th of the 32 entered but is very closely matched with eight others just below her. In every race she competes in she usually sets a personal best time and hopefully that will be repeated on Saturday,we wish her every success and the other Iriish girl Niamh O'Connor Celbridge who is also in the race in such exalted company against the best in the world.

Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile

Coming up on Saturday and Sunday next July 14 th and 15 th in Tullamore are sections 1 and 2 of the All Ireland Juvenile A Championships.Many athletes from Waterford clubs will be competing and as always quite a few are strongly fancied in their events. The first event both days is at 10 am but check in closes at 9.30 am and full timetable is on Athletics Ireland Website.

Three European under 18 titles for Ireland

Last week was a terrific one for Irish Athletics at the European under 18 Championships in Gyor in Hungary with Irish athletes winning three titles. Two of these came from one of our most promising athletes for some time Sarah Healy from Blackrock AC in Dublin and both of her wins saw her set new championship best performances and winning both with ease. On Friday she won the 3000 metres in 9 minutes 18.05 seconds some six seconds faster than the second athlete home after earlier in the day winning her semi final of the 1500 metres and in that final on Sunday she was just as impressive winning in 4 minutes 18.71 seconds which was four seconds better than the runner up. Last year Sarah won the European Youths Olympic 1500 metres title.The second winner was Rhasidat Adeleke who competes with Tallaght AC and she who won the 200 metres final in 23.52 seconds a personal best, and a silver medal went to Sophie O'Sullivan Ballymore/Cobh in the 800 metres in 2.06.05 the winner clocked 2.04.84, Sophie is daughter of the legendary Sonia O'Sullivan, Ireland finished 6th overall of the 28 countries competing at the championships, Great Britain were first Jake Bagge Ferrybank competed in Gyor also representing his mother's country Estonia in the 800 metres and despite not making the final ran quite well in a fast heat to finish 7th in 1 minute 56.44 second, in another heat he would have advanced.

All Ireland Juvenile B titles won

In Tullamore last Saturday a small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the All Ireland B Juvenile track and field Championships and there were three gold medals won.Darragh O'Neill Tramore had a fine under 15 double in the 100 metres in and the long jump with metres, Se

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