Track & Field

Close but no cigar for Irish at European Juniors

It was an agonising tale of two fourth place finishes for Ireland at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden over the weekend.

Kevin Mulcaire (Ennis Track) just missed out on a bronze medal finishing fourth in the 5,000m in 14:39.14 on Saturday evening. Jack O’Leary (Mullingar Harriers) was 19th in the same race in 15:18.02. Great Britain’s Alex George won in 14:34.42. You can watch the full race at the bottom of the page.

There was an even closer near miss for the women’s 4x100m relay team of Ciara Neville (Emerald), Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock, Louth), Roisin Harrison (Limerick) and Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport) who missed out on the bronze by three hundredths of a second. They also had to settle for fourth in 45.38 seconds. Watch the race video below.

The men’s 4x100m relay team of Eoin Doherty (Tallaght), Zak Irwin (Sligo), Scott Gibson (Bandon) and Joseph Ojewumi (Tallaght) finished seventh in their final in 41.09 (see below).

Changeover: Eoin Doherty passing the baton to Zak Irwin in the men's final

Changeover: Eoin Doherty passing the baton to Zak Irwin in the men’s final

Sharlene Mawdsley and Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) also made their respective 200m and 1500m finals. Mawdsley finished 8th in 24.09 and Coscoran finished in the same position in the 1500m in 3:52.33.

Men’s 5000m Final

Men’s 1500m Final

*Images by Coen Schilderman

The USA 4x100m won Olympic silver in 2012 before being DQ'd for Tyson Gay's positive drug test.
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