Brian Fay and Niamh Fogarty Take National Gold

Brian Fay and Niamh Fogarty landed gold on day two of the national track and field championships in Santry while Cillian Kirwan took 800 metre bronze.

The day got off to an excellent start with Brian Fay producing a controlled almost polished performance in wintry conditions to take the 3,000m steeplechase title in 8:52.88

Finley Daly of Sligo took the silver medal trailing behind Fay in 8:56.57.

Niamh Fogarty landed another national senior title in the discus with a best throw of 53.73 metres with young Casey Mulvey of Inny Vale taking silver in 45.18 seconds.

Cillian Kirwan produced a brave front running performance to land 800m bronze in 1:49.67.

Kirwan and McCann battled it out at the front of the race with pre-race favourite John Fitzsimons taking gold with a fast finish in 1:49.48, McCann posted 1:49.51 for silver.

Elsewhere Oisin McCorry took an impressive fifth place in the 400m hurdles posting 56.16 seconds behind winner Tom Barr.

In the Women’s 1500m final Niamh Kearney posted 4:28.43 for ninth place, while Matthew Cotter finished ninth in the long jump with a best of 6.19 metres.

In the junior men’s 3,000m Adam Condon posted 8:53.49 and Dara McRiocaird 9:36.16, while in the 5000m b race Robert Kelly posted 16:03.33, Dylan O’Brien 16:13.31, Robert Frewen 16:21.08. In heat two Gavin Eccles clocked 15:00.32 to win with Shane Ryan posting 15:16.27.

Editors comment: It is extremely disappointing too see the return of the 5000 metre B and C race at the national championship as Athletics Ireland competition committee have removed sporting integrity from the 5000 metres.

5000 metre heats were re-introduced in 2017 and to my research were quiet popular with the athletes, unlike holding B races were a judge would decide which of the athletes had the right to contest for national medals.

Unfortunately the Raheny Shamrock stalwart who fought for the re-introduction of heats at competition committee level and won is no longer with us.

A second question must also be asked on why a 100 metre B final has any place in a national senior championship? and also why the junior men’s and women’s 3000 metres are placed in the senior championship schedule, when the national junior championships has already taken place.