Saturday 16 February 2019

Jumbo Gula 100m time tops Euro rankings

Impressive: Jumbo-Gula
Impressive: Jumbo-Gula

Patience Jumbo-Gula of the St Gerard's club in Dundalk was just one of the stars of a talented group of Irish sprinters competing at the two-day Mannheim Junior Gala in Germany last weekend.

With the European U18 Championships in Hungary starting next week, Jumbo-Gula's personal best time of 11.51 seconds propels her from fifth to top of the current European U18 rankings.

A day later, she helped the Irish U20 4 x 100m team to victory in 44.31, running the opening leg before passing on to Ciara Neville of Emerald AC. She was followed by Tallaght's Rhasidat Adeleke, with Gina Akpe-Moses of St Gerard's bringing home the team.

Not to be outdone, the boys' quartet comprising David McDonald of Menapians, North Down's Aaron Sexton, Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers and David Murphy of Gowran AC set a new Irish U20 record of 40.30 when finishing second behind Great Britain on Saturday. The time is a World U20 qualifier.

In the women's 400m, Davicia Patterson of Beechmount Harriers continued her spectacular season with an Irish U20 record time of 52.88, which lifts the 17-year-old to second on the current European U20 list.

There was also a personal best of 23.85 for Adeleke in the 200m, while winning a different 200m heat in 23.86 was Akpe-Moses, winner of the 100m at last year's European U20 Championships.

In England, Donore's John Travers ran a season's best 3:40.74 to win the A grade 1500m at the BMC Loughborough GP. In the same race, Brian Fay of Raheny Shamrock was fourth in a PB of 3:43.43.

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