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Thursday 17 October 2019

Gold on double for super Annette

Two wins: Annette Kealy. Photo: Sportsfile
Two wins: Annette Kealy. Photo: Sportsfile

Annette Kealy and Paul Moran added two more gold medals to the Irish haul on the final day of the European Masters Championships in Venice at the weekend.

Kealy of Raheny Shamrock AC won the W50 10km in 37 mins 34 with Cathryn Brady of Dundrum South Dublin AC finishing third in 42:15. It was a second medal for Kealy who had won the 5000m on the track earlier in the week.

In the half marathon, Paul Moran of Rathfarnham WSAF won the M55 title in 77:20.

There was silver for Pauline Moran of Mayo AC, who finished second in the W60 10km, while the W60 team of Noreen Bonner, Donna Evans and Nuala Reilly, backed up by Gloria Donaghy and Julia Galea, took bronze.

Ireland ended up 14th on the medals table, with 12 gold, 12 silver and eight bronze medals. A total of 35 countries won at least one medal.

Ireland had a number of multiple medal winners with Joe Gough of West Waterford AC winning both the M65 800m and 1500m.

Former footballer Brian Lynch of North East Runners won the M65 cross-country and 5000m and was second in the 1500m behind Gough.

Annette Kealy of Raheny Shamrock won the W50 5000m and 10km, while Maurice McMahon of Ardee and District AC won the M45 cross-country and was second in the 5000m.

In the W40 800m, Denise Toner of Clones AC was the winner ahead of Annette Quaid from Leevale AC; Quaid was also second in the 400m. Other gold medal winners included Ann Woodlock of Donore Harriers in the W80 5000m. Woodlock, the oldest member of the team, was also second in the 1500m

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