Morton Stadium was witness to a host of brilliant performances on a day of celebration as 400 spectators returned for the 2021 Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships yesterday.
Serval Tokyo bound athletes treated fans to some brilliant performances in difficult conditions, while those in attendance were also witness to the young stars of Irish sprinting claiming their first senior titles.
Brian Fay (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) whose 4th on the Irish all-time list took command of the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase to finish in 8:52.88. Finley Daly (Sligo A.C.) produced a European U23-A standard performance when it mattered to come home for silver in 8:56.57. Adam Kirk Smith takes the bronze medal back to Derry Track Club with a 9:05.51.
Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers AC) denied Christopher O’Donnell (North Sligo AC) the four in a row with a huge performance in the Men’s 400m.
Greene and O’Donnell settled down to fight it out coming down the home straight, with the Galway athlete getting closer with every step to eventually take it in a dramatic dip at the line in 46.38.
Green’s clubmate Robert McDonnell continues to impress and the young Galway City Harriers AC athlete claimed the bronze in 47.19.
Aoife Kilgallon (Sligo AC) took the 5,000m title with an impressive performance which saw her cross the line in 16.16.85. Kilgallon came into the final as the likely favourite having posted a 16.11.67 PB in May and left nothing to chance as she stormed clear to take gold.
The WFH titles went the way of Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) and Zoe Mohan (Cushinstown A.C.) who claimed a 6.98 CBP.