Proper Springs to Golden Treble on Quiet Day 1
Ferrybank’s Kelly Proper was laden with gold after a quiet day one of the Woodie’s DIY National Track and Field championships after winning the 200m (23.64), long jump (6.25m) and 4 by 100m relay.
In truth it was a low key day with a sparce attendance and some of the heats not providing as much excitement as was anticipated. There was still some good highlights with some interviews below – particularly with Rose-Anne Galligan and Mark English
Day 1 Highlights:
Burke shows heart in the walk
Sinead Burke of St Coca’s won the senior walk aged only 16. Even more impressive is that she had major open heart surgery only two years previously.
Colvert edges the young pretender
Steven Colvert was impressive in the heats of the 200m but stuggled on the bend in the final and just edged Marcus Lawler and Brian Gregan down the straight in 21.13. Lawler ran 21.15. Colvert will have his work cut out in the 100m if he runs tight like in his favoured event.
McCambridge makes short work of 5,000m
The 12 1/2 laps was realistically a speed session for the DSD athlete with her forthcoming Moscow marathon next month. She wanted to run a bit quicker than her 15:55.44 but it was ultimately a time trial with bigger challenges ahead.
Pena poles apart
Tori Pena has been steadily improving and proving more consistent in Europe. Her 4.40m vault was significant proof of this improvement
Many of the heats were lacklustre with 50.3 qualifying you for the final of the men’s 400 final. There were no heats for any hurdles events and equally the middle distance events which would be expected to have more depth, failed to capture the imagination
Women’s steeple a barrier too far
There were only two contestants in the women’s steeplechase which Michelle Finn won with ease. The event is struggling both domestically and internationally. It’s certainly an event that is in need of a boost
Lack of field event coverage
Interviewing Kelly Proper I didn’t realise she had done the long jump. Equally Anita Fitzgibbon threw a national javelin record of 54.92m which I was unaware of. It is called track and field for a reason and the happenings in the field is like that of children escaping adult attention – one never truly knows what goes on.