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European Under-18 T&F Championships 2018

Reports from European U-18 Championships 2018

Gyor, Hungary

July 5th - 8th 2018


Watch the Championships live on Eurosport 2 or on the European athletics website


 Day 1 - Thursday July 5th

Two Cork athletes are in action today at the European U-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary
Conor Morey (Leevale AC) goes in the 100m, due to kick off at 10:45 Irish time. Conor goes in heat 2.
Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) goes in the 800m, starting at 17:06. Sophie is in heat 2


Update 11:55am Thursday

Conor Morey (Leevale AC) has run 11.05 to qualify for the semi finals of the 100m later this evening at the European U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary. The 100m semi finals are due to start at 18:10 Irish time.

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Conor Morey (Leevale AC)

Next up is Sophie O’Sullivan of Ballymore Cobh in the 800m at 17:06.


Update 17:46pm Thursday

Sophie O’Sullivan, Ballymore Cobh AC, daughter of the legendary Sonia, won her 800m heat, in 2:12.23, at the European U-18 Championships in Gyor, securing an automatic qualifying spot for the semi final tomorrow (Friday) evening


Athletics Ireland Report - Day 1

- Feidhlim Kelly

Jumbo-Gula advances to 100m final with Championship Record

Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard's Dundalk) highlighted an excellent evening session at the European U18 Athletics Championships with a championship record in the girls' 100m of 11.59 seconds (July 5).

Jumbo-Gula sped to victory with an excellent start with the wind reading +0.7m/s and runs in tomorrow's final at 7:09pm Irish time.

There are athlete interviews on the Athletics Ireland social media channels.

Earlier Sophie O'Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) produced a strong run to win her heat in 2:12.23 to advance to tomorrow's semi-final. Molly Brown (MSB) just missed out after a cagey opening lap of 72 seconds in the first heat and finished fourth in 2:16.94.

 Sophie Meredith (St Mary's Limerick) and Ruby Millet (St Abban's) finished 15th and 17th overall in the long jump qualification with respective bests of 5.79m and 5.63m.

There was some misfortune in both the 1500m and 100m for the boys.  Cian McPhillips (Longford) was placed well in a tactical affair in heat 1 of the 1500m but lost his spike after two laps resulting in a 14th place finish in 4:10.84.

 Brian Maguire (DSD) battled well in heat 2 of the 1500m finishing 10th in 3:59.74.

Conor Morey (Leevale) went in semi-final 1 of the 100m, where there was a false start. However a late recall gun saw Conor, along with some of the other athletes, run the full race. It was subsequently rerun 10 minutes later, where Conor came 6th in 11.17 - evidently tired having two 100m races in quick succession.

 Israel Olatunde (Dundealgan) finished 5th in the second semi-final in 11.09 seconds.

You can follow the championships on Eurosport 2, live streaming on the European Athletics website, with schedule and results

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Day 2 - Friday July 6th

Second Day of the European U-18 Championships in Gyor, and Sophie O’Sullivan has run a great race to comfortably secure an automatic qualifying spot in the 800m final tomorrow night at 8:18pm Irish time.

Ireland also had it’s first Gold medal of the championships with Dublin’s Sarah Healy putting in a superb performance to win the 3000m final in a time of 9:18.05.

Also in action tomorrow is Old Abbey AC’s Brian Lynch, in the decathlon, which starts off with the 100m event, at 9am tomorrow (Saturday)


Athletics Ireland Report - Day 2 (1pm)

- Feidhlim Kelly

Irish in form as Healy advances to 1500m final

Sarah Healy (Blackrock) led another good session for the Irish winning her 1500m heat in 4:30.29 at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary today (July 6).

Healy is now into the final and will also now run the 3,000m final tonight at 5:40pm Irish time live on Eurosport 2 and European Athletics.

Oisin Lane (Mullingar Harriers) was first out for the Irish and he had a fine 13th place finish in the boys’ 10,000m race walk in a time of 47:00.13 – a one minute personal best. It was an excellently paced race on his championship debut and first time to compete over 10,000m on track.

Girls’ team captain Miriam Daly (Carrick on Suir) ran well for fourth in her 400m hurdles heat clocking 61.66 seconds. The time was good enough for her to advance to the semis.

Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) had a mature performance in the first heat of the boys’ 800m finishing third in 1:56.76. He went through the bell in 57 seconds lying in second place and kept his composure to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Ciara Kennelly (Killarney Valley) bowed out of high jump qualification with a best of 1.68m finishing 20 overall. It was a promising start with first-time clearances over 1.64m and 1.68m but she narrowly failed over 1.71m. Nonetheless, it was a good experience.

Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) is another of the Irish athletes competing tonight in the final of the girls’ 100m at 7:09pm Irish time. Also competing are Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) in the first round of the 200m and Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) in the semi-finals of the 800m.



Athletics Ireland Report - Day 2 (9pm)

- Feidhlim Kelly

Healy reigns supreme in the rain

Sarah Healy reigned supreme in the rain to win the girls’ 3,000m final in a championship record of 9:18.05 at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary.

With instructions from her coach, Eoghan Marnell, to pick it up with 1km to go, Healy duly did so, with a speedy split of 2:57, to cruise to Gold. It was also a new Irish youth outdoor record.

Healy won the European Youth Olympic 1500m title on this track last year, but it was another step up in class to win 3,000m Gold here, after a late decision to run the distance.

It proved an inspired decision, as Sarah sped to Gold. “The competition was harder than last year, and I’m really happy to win Gold."   


Sarah Healy Interview

Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk) was disappointed to finish fifth in the girls’ 100m final in 11.87, but it was still a fantastic Championship for the rising sprinter nonetheless, having set a Championship Record in the Heats.

 Patience Interview

Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) was first of the Irish in competition on the evening session and she qualified in second in her 200m heat in 23.90. Running blind in lane 8 it was a solid start to Adeleke’s championships with the semi-finals coming up.

Sophie O’Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) had a great burst of speed to qualify for the final of the 800m. She eased off the throttle in the final metres, to finish second in 2:07.95.


Cork Interest on Day 3

Sophie O’Sullivan runs in the 800m final, at 8:18pm Irish time

Old Abbey AC’s Brian Lynch goes in the decathlon, which starts off with the 100m, at 9am


Day 3 - Saturday July 7th

Great start for Old Abbey AC's Brain Lynch with an 11.61 sec PB, for 730 points, and second place finish, in the Decathlon 100m


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Decathlon 100m - Heat 1 Photo Finish

brian lynch old abbey ac european u18 chps gyor decathlon 100m results 2018

Decathlon 100m - Heat 1 Results

brian lynch old abbey ac european u18 chps gyor decathlon long jump 2 2018Brian Lynch Long Jump Standings after two attempts

Another PB for Brian Lynch!
Brian Lynch has jumped a PB distance of 6.74m, at his second attempt, following his opening round jump of 6.14m.  Brian's third round jump was 6.61mUnfortunately Brian's 6.74m jump doesn't count as an official PB, due to an illegal wind, but it does count for Decathlon points

Shot Put
Brian's best throw was 12.36m, giving 636 points, and a point total of 2,119, for 24th place, 436points behind the leader Sven Jansons (Ned)


Today's remaining Decathlon events:

Long Jump - 10:25pm

Shot Put - 11:50pm

High Jump: 16:15pm

400m - 19:28pm

Athletics Ireland Report - Day 2 (9pm)

- Feidhlim Kelly

Rhasidat races to European final

Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) raced to the European U18 200m final winning her semi-final in a new personal best of 23.77 seconds in Gyor, Hungary this morning (July 7).

The young Tallaght sprinter was impressive from lane 6 and will compete in the final this evening at 6:42pm Irish time.

Brian Lynch (Old Abbey) has a good start to his decathlon with a personal best in the 100m of 11.61 and 6.61m in the long jump. Lynch also jumped 6.74m which counted for points but not as a pb as the wind was +2.4m. He followed up with a best of 12.48m in the shot put.

The girls’ medley relay (100, 200, 300, 400) team of Adeyemi Talabi (Longford), Patience Jumbo-Gula (St Gerard’s Dundalk), Rachel McCann (North Down) and Simone Lalor (St Laurence O’Toole)  just missed out on making the final finishing fourth in their heat and tenth overall with a time of 2:13.64.

It provided a good introduction to international competition for some of the team and also Jumbo-Gula was delighted to be back on the track and competing after her fifth place finish in the 100m final last night.

Also in action tonight are Miriam Daly (Carrick on Suir) in the semis of the 400m hurdles at 5:05pm, Louis O'Loughlin (Donore Harriers) in the semis of the 800m at 7:08pm and Sophie O'Sullivan in the final of the 800m at 8:18pm.  

Report Day 3 - Saturday 7th (5pm)

Rebecca McEvoy - PRO, Cork Athletics

Two personal bests for Old Abbey’s Brian Lynch, this morning, in the decathlon at the European U18 Championships in Gyor. Brian started off the day with a PB in the 100m, running 11.61. Brian followed this performance up with another PB, jumping 6.61m in the long jump. Brian also recorded a jump of 6.74m which counted towards his points but could not be counted as a PB as it was wind assisted. Brian finished off the morning session with a best throw of 12.48m in the shot put. Brian has two more events this evening - high jump at 4.15pm and 400m at 7.28pm.

All eyes will be on the girls 800m final this evening, which sees Ballymore Cobh’s Sophie O’Sullivan go in the 800m final. Sophie goes in lane 6 at 8.18pm.

Also watch out this evening for Tallaght athlete Rhasidat Adeleke, who goes in the final of the girls 200m at 6.42pm. Rhasadat looked very impressive in the heats, clocking a PB of 23.77, to win her semi-final and making herself a strong medal contender for tonight’s final.

Update 5:15pm

Brian Lynch has jumped 1.73m and is currently attempting 1.76m, with one failure to date

Update 5:20pm

Brian has cleared 1.76m on his third bar moves up!

Update 5:40pm

Brian finishes on 593 points for the High Jump, after going out attempting 1.73m

Update 8:55pm

Momentous Irish Evening as Tallaght AC's Rhasidat Adeleke takes 200m Gold, Ballymore Cobh AC's Sophie O'Sullivan won Silver in the 800m

Rhasidat Adekele

"You work all year, there will be doubts and things that will bring you down but coming out with the gold is crazy."

Girls 200m Final



Girls 800m Final

Girls 800m Final

Sophie O'Sullivan Interview

A silver medal and a golden interview with Sophie O’Sullivan in 2:06.05 over 800m

Watch Sonia O'Sullivan as she follows daughter Sophie's progress in the 800m


Decathlon - Brian Lynch

Meanwhile Old Abbey AC's Brian Lynch is half-way through his ten event Decathlon schedule, on 3388 points, following his 8th place 53.12 sec 400m and is currently in 24th place


Interview with Brian Lynch



Athletics Ireland Report - Day 3 (9pm)

- Feidhlim Kelly

Rhasidat's golden run; Sophie's super silver


It was a night to savour for Irish athletics as Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) stormed to gold in the 200m and Sophie O'Sullivan sped to silver over 800m at the European Athletics U18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary (July 7).

Rhasidat Adeleke blitzed the bend and gave her rivals a clean pair of heels as she won the gold in 23.52 - a new personal best that sparked a tearful and jubilant celebration.

As if that wasn't enough for one night, Sophie O'Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) was dancing on the line before the start of the 800m final and then pursued to battle for a brilliant silver medal in a new personal best of 2:06.05.

Earlier in the evening Miriam Daly (Carrick on Suir) finished 6th in her 400m hurdles semi-final in 61.35, a personal best, and finished 10th overall.

Louis O'Loughlin (Donore Harriers) finished 6th in his semi-final of the 800m in 1:55.22.

Brian Lynch (Old Abbey) finished 24th at the halfway stage in the boys' decathlon with a total of 3,338 points. His leading marks were: 100m 11.61, long jump 6.74m, shot put 12.84m, high jump 1.76m and 400m 53.12.



Report Day 4 - Sunday July 8th (3pm)

Rebecca McEvoy, PRO, Cork Athletics

Superb performance from Old Abbey AC’s Brian Lynch in the decathlon today. Brian has improved his pole vault PB 3 times this afternoon, clearing a height of 3.60m on his first attempt

Earlier in the day, Brian ran a great 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 15.53. This would have been a PB time for Brian but won’t count as it was wind assisted. However it will count for points and Brian has gained himself 797 points from this event

Brian also completed the discus this morning. He threw a great final throw of 35.93m, for 582 points


Brian now has just two events left in the decathlon: the javelin at 3pm and the 1500m at 7.08pm


Sarah Healy is back on track tonight, going for gold in the 1500m final. Sarah already has one gold medal, from the 3000m, at these championships, and is the strong favourite to take the gold in the 1500m. The final takes place this evening at 6.10pm


Also watch out for the medal presentation for the girls 800m final featuring Sophie O’Sullivan at 5.10pm


Watch live on Eurosport 2 or on the European Athletics website


Update (4pm)

Brian Lynch has thrown 37.04m, on his second throw, in the Decathlon Javelin, gaining him a further 399 points, with just the 1500m to come. After the Pole Vault, Brian was placed 22nd, on 5266 points


Update (8pm)

Brian Lynch, Old Abbey AC, finished with a flourish, finishing the 1500m in 10th place overall, with a time of 4:46.33, for 641 points and a final overall score of 6406 points, for 26th place

Earlier in the evening favourite Sarah Healy took yet another Gold for Ireland, in the 1500m. After a fairly slow start, with the field pretty much bunched together for the first half lap, Sarah came out of the pack to stretch the field out, into an "indian file". From then on, Sarah led from the front, and wasn't challenged at any stage, eventually breaking from the rest on the final lap, to win by some 30m or so.

Athletics Ireland Report - Day 4 (8pm)

- Feidhlim Kelly

Healy hammers home for double gold Image FOC should become available on European Athletics

Sarah Healy (Blackrock) affirmed her status as the middle distance queen of the European U18 Athletics Championships with a dominant win in the girls' 1500m final in a new championship record of 4:18.71 in Gyor, Hungary this evening (July 8).


Healy blitzed the field on Friday to win the girls' 3,000m final in 9:18.05 which was also a championship record. So that made it two golds and two championship records on the bounce leaving no one in any doubt of the star quality on show. It may have looked easy but these were the best girls' in Europe in what was a truly incredible set of performances by Sarah Healy.

Brian Lynch (Old Abbey) was the only other athlete competing on the final day and he finished 26th in the boys' decathlon with a total of 6,306 points. His leading marks after the first day of competition were: 100m 11.61, long jump 6.74m, shot put 12.48m, high jump 1.76m and 400m 53.12. Lynch started day 2 (today) with a pb in the 110m hurdles in 15.53, discus 35.93, pole vault 3.60m which was a 30cm pb, javelin 37.04m and finished out with the 1500m in 4:46.33. So that was four personal bests in ten events and valuable exposure to competition at this level.


The Irish team won four medals in total with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght) winning 200m gold in 23.5 and Sophie O'Sullivan (Ballymore Cobh) winning silver in the girls' 800m in 2:06.05.

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Team arrival: Athletics Ireland would like to welcome people to come to the airport for the team arrival. The Irish team will arrive tomorrow (Monday July 9th) at 18:40 from VIenna to terminal 2 on Aer Lingus flight 665

Note: Rhasidat Adeleke will be available for interview at the airport but will then be focusing on travelling and preparing for the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland which take place from July 10th -15th.

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