Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships, Athlone, 09-Feb-2019

Day one of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships started with a couple of bronze medals in the race walking events. Isabel Bawden, over 1km and Ryan Kielthy over 1.5km, both kicked off their season in impressive form, to record a podium finish. Next up was the 400m event, covering two laps of the tight indoor track. Ellie Quinn, Aisling Power, Aaron Browne and Conor Murphy all performed really well against quality opposition. Aaron was very unlucky, as he picked up an injury, when in contention for a good finish. The 1,500m events were all big fields, and as always, the Striders boys did well. Darragh Flannelly, Aidan Shannon, Ben Wall and Robert Wall, all did well in race that was physical at times, finishing just outside the medals. In the next race, however, Adam O’Connor excelled, taking bronze in a big field and a crowded finish, that included some lapped athletes.

In the field events, Oisin Mac Eochaidh, won a bronze medal, with an impressive last round throw, just shy of 10 metres.

Day one of the indoor championships ended with lots of drama in the 60m sprint events, right up to the last event of the day. Oisin MacEochaidh recorded a great time, to finish seventh in his final. At the U18 age group, Aoife NiEochaidh, just missed out, on qualifying for the final, with a good performance in a fast heat. Claire Doyle and Patrick Doyle however did make their finals with excellent runs in their heats. Like Oisin, Claire recorded a seventh place finish, from lane seven, a fraction of a second from a podium finish. The final race of day one, ended in Patrick Doyle, all the way out in lane one, winning a sprint bronze in a blanket finish. With gold and silver clearly decided, four athletes crossed the line together, in the mix for third place. After a nail biting wait, Patrick was declared third, by the narrowest margin of one hundredth of a second. What a way to finish a great day of indoor competition. Well done to all who competed.

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