Healy looks for final leap
Sam Healy headlined an excellent first day for the Irish team at the 23rd European Junior Athletics Championships by qualifying fourth overall into today’s long jump final at 17:15 (Irish time) with a best of 7.38m.
The young Leevale star was understandably delighted with his performance. “I’m absolutely delighted,” said Healy who became the first man since Eoin Hannon to qualify for the European junior final in 2007. “I didn’t expect it at all to be honest,” continued the Cork man who has half an eye on Ciaran McDonagh’s national junior record of 7.73m.
Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) put in a gutsy performance to qualify as a fastest loser in the men’s 1500m with an outdoor season’s best of 3:47.81.
There were other good performances with 15-year-old Ciara Neville (Emerald) making the semi-finals of the 100m finishing fourth in her heat in 11.81. She finished 6th in her semi in 12.06. Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock, Louth) was knocked out in the heats with a time of 12.00.
Bromell misses out as Gibson battles through
Jenna Bromell (Emerald) just missed out in the 400m final finishing 10th overall with a personal best of 54.65. Bandon’s Scott Gibson had an excellent run to finish third in 48.41 in the men’s 400m and qualify for the semi-final.
There was no joy in the throws with John Kelly (Finn Valley) only managing 16.98m (22nd overall) while Fellan McGuigan (Finn Valley) got out to 66.67m in the hammer (15th overall).
Akers gets day 2 underway
Alice Akers gets day 2 underway in the hammer in Group A and will be looking to match or better her p.b. of 56.82m. Then it will be time for some middle distance action with
Two lap specialists
Cillian Kirwan going in heat 1 of the 800m against one of the favourites in Great Britain’s Kyle Langford. Kicking off at 11am, the first four in each heat advance to the semi-finals along with four fastest losers. Harry Purcell goes in heat 2 against another of the pre-championship favourites in Russia’s Konstantin Tolokonnikov.
High Hurdle duo
Matthew Behan and Garbhan McKenna go in the 110m hurdles to round out the morning programme. Then in the evening it will be the half lap specialists in action. Zak Irwin, Sharlene Mawdsley and Phoebe Murphy will look to make progress. Of course all eyes will be on Sam Healy in the long jump final.