O’Donnell Sprints To National 800m Gold

Isuelt O’Donnell landed her first national senior title with a dramatic final 200 metre sprint to claim the 800m crown.

O’Donnell took the final bend in her stride to land her first national championship and come away from Amy O’Donoghue and Claire Mooney to take a brilliant gold.

O’Donnell broke the tape in 2:09.13 to O’Donoghue’s 2:09.99, with Mooney third in 2:10.53.

It was a very successful final day of the national track and field championships as Mark Smyth and Aoibhinn McGoldrick both took silver and Kim O’Hare took bronze.

Mark Smyth landed 200 metre silver when he clocked 21.01 seconds just behind Marcus Lawler who took gold in 20.95 seconds.

Smyth’s already bulging national senior medal collection increasing championship on championship. Smyth also took U23 gold in this event.

Smyth qualified for the final posting 21.60 to win heat three, a race were Conall O’Toole posted 23.73 seconds.

Aoibhinn McGoldrick collected a battling 3,000m steeplechase silver in 11:25.51 behind international steeplechaser Michelle Finn who won out in 9:59.72. Emily Greenan of Tullamore Harriers took silver in 11:35.30.

Kim O’Hare took bronze in the triple jump with a best of 11.34m, this doubled as U23 gold. The senior championship gold medal went to Saragh Buggy in a championship best of 12.97m and silver went to Grace Furlong with a best of 12.27m.

Elsewhere Kieran Kelly took seventh place in the 800m final in 1:55.04 with Cillian Kirwan eighth in 1:57.10. The race was won by Trim’s Harry Purcell in 1:52.49.

Niamh Fogarty collected the U23 discus gold medal with a best of 49.46 meters.