Golden Favors Sets Championship Record

Eric Favors grabbed his first national senior title as he set a shot put championship record on day two of the national championships in Santry.

Gold, silver and bronze was the Raheny haul with Favors writing the headlines as his third throw reached the 18.64 metre mark to secure national gold and a championship record.

Favors had bettered his first effort of 18.42 metres and for the record was over one metre longer than silver medallist Finn Valley’s John Kelly’s 17.60m.

On the track Mark Smyth took bronze in the 100 metres final clocking 10.70 seconds just behind Travane Morrison who won out in 10.61 seconds and Jason Smyth in 10.63.

Sean O’Driscoll took a very commendable sixth place in 10.89 seconds.

Elsewhere there was a heart breaking number of fourth place finishes, Eric Favors finished fourth in the discus with a best of 45.55m some four metres+ short of bronze.

There was heart break also for Kieran Kelly in the 1500m final where he finished just .14 seconds off a medal. Kelly crossed the line in 3:50.96.

John Travers having won out in 3:49.40 just a second and a half clear of Kelly with Kevin Kelly taking silver in 3:50.31 and Fearghal Curtin taking bronze in 3:50.82.

The heart break continued in the 800 metres as Cillian Kirwan was just off the bronze medal having clocked 1:49.55.

Mark English took gold in 1:48.15 while John Fitzsimons of Kildare took silver in 1:48.24 and Dean Cronin of Blarney/Inniscara taking bronze just a head of Kirwan in 1:49.45.

Colm Bourke just missed out on a medal in the long jump posting a best of 7.26m. Shane Howard of Bandon won gold in 7.54m with Adam McMullen second in 7.37m and Sam Healy third in 7.31m.

Brandon Arrey sixth in the 400 metres clocking 47.76 seconds where Christopher O’Donnell won out in 47.05 seconds. Isuelt O’Donnell finished sixth in the 800m posting 2:11.08.

A silver lining was wrapped around Santry as the relay team of Isuelt O’Donnell, Aoibhinn McGoldrick, Lucy Barrett and Triossa Nic Dhonaill clocked 4:12.95 for 4x400m with Bandon taking gold in 4:00.14. 

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