It was a great day for the Kiely family from Waterford at the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, North Eastern Turkey as Ben Kiely of Ferrybank AC produced a sensational performance in the 400m hurdles to take gold in 52.69, breaking his own Irish Youth Record of 53.66 .
Kiely didn’t have the best of starts and was placed in 5th position with three hurdles to go; however he kept his composure and attacked the last hurdle to overtake Jacob Paul of Great Britain who placed second in 52.89.
Not to be outdone by her twin brother, Megan secured a bronze medal in 1:00.44, having narrowly missed the silver by two hundredths of a second. She joins Christine McMahon (Ballymena and Antrim) who won silver in 2009, as a medalist in this event at the EYOF’s.
Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) produced a gutsy performance to improve on her Irish Youth Record that she set in the heat, running 13.62 to finish third in the 100m hurdles. The last time Ireland won a medal at the EYOF’s in this event was back in 1995 when Grainne Redmond also took the bronze.
Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) produced a personal best in the 200m semi-final running 24.46 to finish third and make it into tomorrow’s final. Marcus Lawler will also line up in the Boy’s 200m final after improving his own Irish Youth record by one hundredth of a second to win his heat in 21.62. While Karl Griffin of Tír Chonaill AC lines up in the boy’s 800m final.
The Boy’s relay team of Ben Kiely, Greg O’Shea, Karl Griffin and Marcus Lawler set a new Irish Youth record of 42.67 improving on the 42.99 set in 2009, to place sixth in their heat but they will not progress to the final. The girl’s team of Sarah Lavin, Grainne Moynihan, Megan Kiely and Ciara Giles Doran finished second in their heat in 47.63 to qualify to tomorrow’s final.
Earlier in the day Matthew Martin finished just one place outside qualification in the Boy’s Javelin throwing a personal best of 62.72.
With the final day of the championships still to come this has been the most successful EYOF for the Irish Team securing two gold medals as well as a silver and two bronze.
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