Pentathlete Mary Barrett from Loughrea has won three gold medals at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
Barrett won the W55 80m hurdles with a time of 15.13 secs, the high jump with 1.26 and the shot with 10.53m. She also finished fourth in the discus with 24.19m and the javelin with 21.29m, as well as playing one match in the badminton despite a very stiff back. Race walker Sean McMullin from Mullingar Harriers won the M70 won the 1500m walk in 8 mins 20.06 secs and the 3000m walk in 17 mins 20.91 secs.
In the W50 class, Geraldine Finegan from North East Runners won the 2000m steeplechase and was third in both the 80m hurdles and the 300m hurdles. Longtime Auckland resident Donal Sheehy won the M35 10km road race with a time of 33 mins 16 secs
Lucy Moore Fox of DSD, another returning from injury, competed in two sports – in athletics, she was third in the W60 weight throw with 9.88m and also third in hammer 26.?, while in the weightlifting she also took a bronze medal. Over 25,000 athletes are in Auckland competing in 28 different sports. Still to come from an Irish point of view is Donal Sheehy in the triathlon, Sean McMullin in the 5000m walk and Geraldine Finegan in the heptathlon.
Competing in the orienteering are Ronan Cleary M55, Julie Cleary W50 and Jean O’Neill W70. Julie has qualified for the A final.