European Teams: Gregan wins 400m, Foster 2nd 100m, Barr 5th.

Brian Gregan

A victory for Brian Gregan in the 400m  proved the highlight of today’s competition at the European Team Track and Field Championships League 1 in Vaasa, Finland.

Gregan was a comfortable winner of the race in 45.83 secs. Second was  Batuhan Altintas  of Turkey with Belgium’s Dylan Borlee third.  In the women’ s 100m,  Amy Foster came home second  behind Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambutji and later helped the Irish team to second overall in the 4x100m relay; they won their heat beating Belgium.

There was disappointment for Thomas Barr in the 400m hurdles where he finished fifth in a race that would have graced any world championships. Winner was current wunderkind Karsten Warholm  of Norway in a championships record time of 48.46 secs. Former world and Olympic champion  Yasmani Copello, who is Cuban but runs in Turkish colours, was second, Switzerland’s Kariem Hussein third, Rasmus Magi  of Estonia fourth  and then Barr. All five broke 50 seconds.

Team newcomers Shona Heaslip, fourth in the 3000m, and 17-year-old Ryan Carty Walsh in the high jump both notched up personal bests. Overall, Ireland lie seventh of the twelve teams competing.

European Teams Championships League 1, Vaasa, Finland – Day 2

Women –
100m: 1 1 Mujinga Kambutji (Swi) 11.45, 2 Amy Foster 11.70, 3 Lorene Dorcas Bazolo (Por) 11.74. .
400m: 5 Sinead Denny 53.68
800m: 6 Claire Mooney 2.07.05.
3000m: 4 Shona Heaslip 9:15.32 (PB)
Steeplechase: 7 Kerry O’Flaherty 10:11.88
Pole vault: 12 Sarah McKeever 3.80.
Triple jump : Sarah Buggy
Javelin: 11 Grace Casey 43.37.
Hammer: 11 Cara Kennedy 51.82.
4x100m: 1 Switzerland 43.77 (Ht1), 2 Ireland (Amy Foster, Sharlene Mawdsley, Niamh Whelan, Ciara Neville) 44.80 (Ht 2), 3 Belgium 45.15 (Ht 2), 4 Portugal 45.20 (Ht 1) Den (Ht 2), Fin (Ht 1) DQ

Men –
400m: 1 Brian Gregan 45.83, 2 Batuhan Altintas (Tur) 46.37, 3 Dylan Borlee (Brl) 46.56.
1500m: 5 Paul Robinson 4:00.62.
5000m: 9 Mark Christie 14:25.14 (Ali Kay Turk 13:36.75 (CR)
400H: 1 Karsten Warholm (Nor) 48.46 (CR), 2 Yasmani Copello (Tur) 49.17, 3 Kariem Hussein (Swi 49. 30, 4 Rasmus Magi (Est) 49.53 5 Thomas Barr 49.73.
High jump: 10 Ryan Carthy Walsh 2.10 (PB)
Long jump: 4 Adam McMullen 7.64
Hammer: 6 Dempsey McGuigan65.72.
Shot: 11 Sean Breathnach 16.34.
4x100m : 1 Switzerland…8 Ireland (Christian Robinson, Eanna Madden, Mark Smyth, Marcus Lawler) 40.45

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