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Saturday 21 September 2019

Breathnach in decathlon surprise

Michael Breathnach of Galway City Harriers AC. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Breathnach of Galway City Harriers AC. Photo: Sportsfile

Rain destroyed all hopes of high scores at the National Combined Events in Santry over the weekend, with both defending champion Shane Aston of Trim AC and previous champion Michael Bowler of Enniscorthy AC crashing out early in the men's decathlon with neither completing the 400m on the first day of competition.

That meant a slightly unexpected victory for Michael Breathnach of Galway City Harriers with 5032 points. Aston and Bowler are still expected to represent Ireland at the European Team Championships in Madeira in a fortnight's time. Last season, Bowler finished second in the UK Decathlon Championships and also recorded a best of 4.75m for the pole vault.

Winning the junior title was Aaron Malik of St Brendan's AC while first youth was Diarmuid O'Connor of Bandon AC.

French visitor Agathe Guillemot, who was chasing European U23 qualification, proved best in the senior women's heptathlon with 5350 points. Laura Frey of Lagan Valley AC was second and first Irish with 4551 points.

Lara O'Byrne of Donore Harriers won the junior title, while Molly Curran of St Paul's AC was first youth. Irish junior internationals Kate O'Connor of St Gerard's AC and Anna McCauley of City of Lisburn AC competed only on day 1.

Highlight of the AI Open Games on Saturday in Santry was a 1.84 in the women's high jump for Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley AC.

Winning the 200m in 20.91 secs and the 100m a day later in 10.65 secs was Marcus Lawler of St LOT AC. In the 100m, Tallaght's Joseph Ojumumi was second in 10.72 and Jason Smyth of Derry TC third in 10.82.

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