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

Lacklustre heats 

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.

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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

I worked for Con from 2007 till his passing in 2012 taking down his copy and a whole lot more. I have a Con Houlihan section which will go in to more depth on that.

I’m a long-time contributor to the Irish Runner magazine and am also working for the Irish Examiner.

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