McCarthy claims national title
WINNING his first outdoor national title in the decathlon, at the National Combined Events at Tullamore over the weekend was former 400/800m international David McCarthy of Le Cheile. His total of 5644 put him comfortably clear of Raheny's Sean Gill on 4605.
Shane Aston of Trim and Vivian Fleischer of Celbridge won the junior titles. Youth winners were Christian Robinson of City of Lisburn with a record total of 5291 and Boyne's Amy McTeggart.
M80 throw records for Mulcahy
Some great performances at the Joe Nagle/Len Braham Memorial throws meet in Templemore, where Eddie Mulcahy broke his own M80 world 56lb records over the bar at a height of 2.40m and for the distance at 4.65m.
Mulcahy was presented with the Joe Nagle Trophy by Joe's widow Sarah, along with his brothers and sisters. Winning the Len Braham trophy was Leevale's Dave Tierney.
Big names expected at Masters
Master athletes take over Tullamore on Saturday with all the big names expected – among them Joe Gough of West Waterford, Mary Sweeney of St Finbarr's, Liffey Valley's Tom O'Connell, Raheny's Mick Traynor, Dannea Herron of City of Derry, and Mary Jennings of Waterford. Behind them come many younger pretenders only now coming into the veteran ranks.
Kenneally wins Galway 8km
Clonliffe's Mark Kenneally ran a brilliant time of 23 mins 47 secs to win the Streets of Galway 8km last Saturday. Behind him were Kenyan visitor Freddy Keron Sittuk in 24 mins 9 secs and Neil Tipton of Tipton Harriers in 24 mins 13 sec.
Borrisokane's Siobhan O'Doherty continued her successful summer by finishing first woman in 26 mins 49 secs.
Season's best show for Proper
Kelly Proper warmed up for her heptathlon win in Tullamore by posting a season's best 23.49 for 200m at the final Dublin Graded League meet of the season in Santry last week.
She also won the long jump. MSB's John Coghlan ran a respectable solo 8:06.46 to win the 3000m.
Rauktys retains discus award
Retaining his Prosporteurope.com throws awards for the discus was Tomas Rauktys of Clonliffe. Other award winners were shot putter Fiona Tuite of Fingallians and Padraig White of Dunboyne for the hammer.
The javelin award was split between Rory Gunning of Fr Murphy's and Clonliffe's Denise Byrne.