Fogarty And Smyth Land National U-23 Gold

Mark Smyth and Niamh Fogarty got into the groove for the European Under-23 championships both taking national gold medals today.

Smyth posted 10 point 74 to take 100 metre gold some three hundredths of a second clear of Tallaght’s Joseph Ojemumi. Smyth had won his heat in 10.86 seconds.

Niamh Fogarty took under-23 discus gold with a best of 51.02 metres well clear of Fingallians Ann-Marie Torsney whose best was 34.26 metres.

While Michael Farrelly took silver in the 100 metres posting 11 seconds just five hundredths of a second behind Fingallians Reality Osuoha.

Kim O’Hare took silver in the under-23 triple jump with a best of 11.63 metres just 12 centimetres off gold medallist Waterford’s Grace Furlong who jumped 11.75 metres.

Lucy Barret took bronze in the Under-23 1500 metres posting four minutes 52.65, Carla Sweeney of Rathfarnham won out in 4:31.90 with Lauren Tinkler of Clebridge second in 4:51.24.

Elsewhere Dylan Kirwan was just outside the medals taking fourth in the under-23 400m Hurdles in 62.36, six seconds off bronze.

Aoibhinn McGoldrick took fifth place in the under-23 3,000 metres in 10:24.92 while Hannah Byrne finished fifth in the U23 400 metres in 59.61.

While Andrew Hyland posted 2:02.84 in 800 metres for ninth place and in the junior discus Valerie Tsukanova placed eighth with a best of 22.05 metres.

While James Hyland took gold in the national Under-18 steeplechase in 10 minutes 18 point 41 seconds, nearly five seconds clear of Fionn Harrington of Bandon.

Congratulations to Michael Farrelly who has been selected on the Irish 4×100 metre relay team for the European Junior championship in Boras, Sweden between July 18-21st.

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