Combined events team promoted
Ireland has won promotion to the European Combined Events Teams Championships 1st league after finishing second in the 2nd league held in Ribeira Brava, Madeira.
With a total of 35821 points, Ireland's team of three men and three women finished second behind Belgium on 3865 and comfortably clear of Denmark on 34240.
All three Irish men achieved personal best scores in the decathlon with Michael Bowler from Enniscorthy AC finishing second individual.
Bowler had dropped back to third after the hurdles and discus on the second day of competition, but pulled back to second thanks to a 4.50 in the pole vault, an event in which he is the current national champion.
With strong performances also in the 100m, long jump and hurdles, he ended up with 7379 points thanks to.
Pulling up from sixth place overnight to fourth overall was Shane Aston of Trim AC, whose javelin throw of 59.05 was the best in the competition. His total of 7231 added 162 points to his previous best.
Completing his first decathlon in some time was Rolus Olusa of Clonliffe Harriers, whose best points came in the hurdles. He ended up 14th with a score of 6626 which added eleven points to his previous record.
Finishing seventh with a personal best 5114 points in the women's heptathlon was 18-year-old Anna McCauley of City of Lisburn AC, with big points came in the hurdles, high jump and 200m and a personal best 11.08m in the shot. Sarah Connolly of North Down AC scored of 4990 for 11th place, while Laura Frey of Lagan Valley AC finished 20th with 4481 points.