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Four Cork Athletes on Strong Irish Squad for European Indoors - March 2021

Strong Cork Representation for European IndoorChampionships

Torún, Poland

March 5th - 7th 2021

 

Phil Healy Southern Star joan healy leevale ac photo sam barnes sportsfile a michelle finn cobh 10 2019 photo myrunresults darragh mcelhinney junior indoor 5000m record february 2019
Phil Healy, Bandon AC Joan Healy, Leevale AC Michelle Finn, Leevale AC Darragh McElhinney, UCD AC

 

Three athletes with Cork Clubs, sisters Phil Healy (Bandon AC) and Joan Healy (Leevale AC), along with Michelle Finn (Leevale AC) are joined by Glengarriff man, Darragh McElhinney, formerly with Bantry AC but now running with his college club, UCD AC

There had also been high hopes that another Leevale athlete, Louise Shanahan might have booked her place with two big 800m performances in the lead up, including a 2:01.67 run in yesterday's AAI Micro-Meet in Dublin. However it appears that the selection panel opted strictly for times, and when Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) regained her Irish record at the eleventh-hour, with a 2:00.58 performance, at Round 4 of the American Track League, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA late last night, just before the qualification deadline window closed, the die was set.

Nevertheless, Shanahan's long-term goal has been the 2024 Paris Olympics, while she continues her Ph. D. at Cambridge University, her progress suggests that she will be in contention for a place in Paris.



Athletics Ireland Release

Irish Squad for Torún

AthleteEventClubCoach
Leon Reid 60m Menapians AC James Hillier
Israel Olatunde 60m UCD AC Daniel Kilgallon
Dean Adams 60m Ballymena & Antrim AC Alan Kennedy
Ciara Neville 60m Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
Joan Healy 60m Leevale AC Alan Mahoney
Molly Scott 60m SLOT AC Deirdre Scott
Phil Healy 400m Bandon AC Shane McCormack
Sophie Becker 400m Raheny Shamrock AC Jeremy Lyons
Sharlene Mawdsley 400m Newport AC Gary Ryan
Mark English 800m Finn Valley AC Feidhlim Kelly
Cian McPhillips 800m Longford AC Joe Ryan
John Fitzsimons 800m Finn Valley AC Joe Ryan
Nadia Power 800m Dublin City Harriers AC Enda Fitzpatrick
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner 800m Dundrum South Dublin AC Mark Coogan
Georole Hartigan 800m Dundrum South Dublin AC Bev Hartigan
Andrew Coscoran 1500m Star of the Sea AC Feidhhm Kelly
Paul Robinson 1500m St Coca's AC Nick Bideau
Luke McCann 1500m U.C.D. AC Clarke McCann
Ciara Mageean 1500m City of Lisburn AC Steve Vernon
John Travers 3000m Donore Harriers Alan McCormack
Sean Tobin 3000m Clonmel AC Feidhlim Kelly
Darragh McElhinney 3000m U.C.D. AC Emmett Dunieavy
Michelle Finn 3000m Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
Sarah Lavin 60mH Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey

 

Paul McNamara, Athletics Ireland High Performance Director, stated:

“It has been a remarkable indoor season so far in 2021, for many reasons, and this is reflected in both the size and quality of the team travelling to Poland.  Despite higher qualification standards and fewer opportunities to compete, Irish athletes nailed their opportunity when it presented itself, most notably this past weekend at the Irish Life Health Elite Micro-Meet, and we now have an unprecedented 24 athletes who have earned selection for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, with many more who have posted qualification standards missing out due to the three athletes per event limit”.


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