The past weekend saw Days 1 and 2 of the Dublin Championships in Tallaght. First up on Saturday were u9-u11 athletes in their Pairs and Relays championships.
Turbo Powered Boys
A briliant performance by the U10 Turbo Javelin pair of Daniel and Joe saw them take a brilliant gold medal.
Long Jumpers To The Fore
The U9 pair of Emre and Quinn claimed a super silver in the Long Jump while the three pairs in the U10 filled 3rd, 4th and 5th positions with Orlaith and Monika eventually claiming the Bronze.
Mya and Zara got the bronze medal in the U10 60m
Great excitement at the end of the day with the 4 x 100m across all ages. The Girls u10 had two teams and both team qualified for the final, a brilliant achievement for the 8 girls. In the Final the team of Lucy, Orlaith, Zara and Niamh claimed a dramatic Gold while the team of Mya, Amelia, Sara and Monika were a brilliant 5th.
The Boys u11 also had two teams with the team of Oran, Jacques, Max and Evan making the final and finished a super 6th. The team of Wiktor, Lenny, Sebastien and Joe narrowly missed the qualification for the final while the Boys u10 team of Daniel, Joe, Ruben and Charlie had a superb 7th in their final.
Well done all.
Day 2 was the u12 to u17 athletes.
Aaron and Zac set the tone for what was to be a great day by claiming Silver and Bronze in the u15 Shot Putt.
More throwing medals came in the u12 Shot Putt with Akim winning silver in a very exciting competition that came down to the final 6th round before the medals were settled. Sophie, in her championship debut, made the final (Top 8) of the u12 Shot Putt from a field of 22 athletes. Zac and Sophia both finished with Top 8 placings in their Javelin competitions.
The 600m and 800m races are always tough with heats and finals on the same day. The work being put in at training by the Middle Distance crew is starting to pay dividends. Keane ran a very composed race in the U13 600m, qualifying for the final and then finishing 8th in the Final. Ella and Sarah controlled their heat to qualify and then in a very competitive final ran smart to be in contention with 100m to go. In a burst for the line, Ella came wide to claim silver while Sarah was just off the leaders in 6th.
Jack made his club debut with a very impressive bronze in the U17 300m hurdles while Kevin was 5th in the u15 250m hurdles. Kevin also claimed a Top 8 spot in the Long Jump.
The hard work being put in by the Friday High Jump Crew was evidenced with super jumping by Anabel, Liliya and Marianne.
Anabel was =5th in the u13 while Liliya was 4th in the u12 (qualifiying her for the All-Irelands).
The day was ended with a gripping u14 high jump with multiple Dublin medalists and All-Ireland medalists competing. Marianne had a day of days in the evening sun, jumping a big 8cm PB and grabbing a silver medal.
All medalists (and 4th placers in U12-U17 events) now qualify for the All-Irelands to be held in Tullamore in July.