Wednesday 19 September 2018

Success at EYOF bodes well for Irish

Team Ireland’s Patience Jumbo Gula celebrates. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Team Ireland’s Patience Jumbo Gula celebrates. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Two years ago, the squad of 16 athletes chosen for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Tbilisi, Georgia included Gina Akpe-Moses, who last weekend won the 100m at the European U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy.

In Georgia, Akpe-Moses won a silver in the 200m. Ciara Neville of Emerald AC won the 100m, Adamstown's Ryan Carthy Walsh took silver in the high jump and Somer Lecky of Finn Valley won bronze in the high jump.

Last weekend, Neville was part of the women's 4x100m squad that finished fourth in Grosseto.

On Sunday, Carthy Walsh won the high jump title at the National Championships in Santry.

Sommer Lecky didn't defend the title she won last year. She was in the Bahamas, winning the hight jump at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Also on that 2015 team were hurdler Molly Scott of St LOT and the versatile Arlene Crossan of Finn Valley. Clearly all of them gained hugely from their experience at EYOF.

Competing at this year's EYOF in Gyor, Hungary this week is another squad of 16 young hopefuls - and the medals are continuing to flow for Ireland.

A mighty throw of 58.62m saw Jade Williams of Shercock AC in Cavan take bronze in the women's hammer. In the 100m, Patience Jumbo Gula of St Gerard's Dundalk finished third with a time of 11.59 secs.

Jumbo Gula had come into the games with a personal best of 12.04 secs. In the semi-finals, she ran 11.74 secs.

Nenagh athlete Seán Carolan produced a personal best of 6.79m to book his place in today's long jump final.

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