Athletics Ireland has chosen a 15 strong squad of Junior athletes,(6 girls and 9 boys) for next month’s European Athletics Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia between 21 and 24 July.
Ireland has had a good record of success at the European juniors, particularly on the track with gold medals won by Nick O’Brien in the 3,000m in 1985, Mark Carroll in the 5,000m in 1991, and Colin Costello in the 1,500m in 2005.
The team also won three silvers including one by John Treacy (1975) and four bronze medals for a total of 10 podium finishes up to this year.
This year hopes are high for several of the Irish athletes though the competition is stronger than ever before. Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), Mark English (Letterkenny AC), Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine AC) and Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers) are amongst the hopefuls.
Thus far there have been in excess of 1015 athletes representing 47 countries who have confirmed their participation.
Local Organizing Committee Secretary General Ms Sirje Lippe said “It is wonderful to see so many good athletes and so many countries planning for the junior title championships in Tallinn. Our team is working hard on making this meeting unforgettable to all athletes as well as team members and fans,” Lippe added.
In terms pre-entries, the largest team has been submitted by Germany with 116 athletes, followed by Russia with 92, Great Britain with 85 and France.
1500m: Ciara Mageean
800m: Mark English
10k Walk: Maeve Curley, Emma Prendiville
100m: Joan Healy
Hammer: Cara Kennedy
10,000m: Liam Brady
Discus: Marco Pons
Hammer: Killian Barry
1500m: Liam Markham
Hammer: Andrew Doyle
Hammer: Dempsey McGuigan
800m: Dean Cronin
400m: Joanna Mills
400mH: Thomas Barr
Team Manager: Neil Martin
Team Doctor: Eimear Smith
Team Physio: Catherine Craddock
Coaches: Michael O’Brien, Jacqui Freyne, Michael Lane, Teresa McDaid
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