Heffernan to lead Irish athletics team in Europe

By Dave Hooper

Rob Heffernan will lead an Irish team of 25 athlete’s to Zurich for next months Europeans, which take place from August 12 – 17.

"I am really looking forward to the huge challenge that lies ahead in Zurich and look forward to bringing more national pride to Ireland”. Heffernan said at the teams announcement.

Ciaran O’Lionard’s victory at yesterday’s national track and field championships secured one of only three places in the 1500 meters.

O’Lionard, John Travers, Paul Robinson and Dave McCarthy all have the standard for Zurich, although the competitions rule’s only allow three athlete’s per competition.

West Waterford’s Dave McCarthy is the unlucky man who misses out,

5,000 meter runner Sarah Collins and pole vaulter Tori Pena have secured the standard for Zurich but withdrew from selection.

The team’s numbers are boosted due to the first inclusion of the European team cup in the marathon competition.

Paul Pollock who finished second European at last year’s European championships will be joined on the men’s team by Dublin City marathon winner Sean Hehir along with Ulster pair Kevin Seaward and Thomas Frazer.

Thomas Barr, Mark English and Brian Gregan, all aim for individual medals in their respective events, will also form a 4 x 400 meters relay team, which has

Irish team for European track and field championships:

Amy Foster – 100 Meters - City of Lisburn AC

Phil Healy – 100 Meters - Bandon AC

Kelly Proper - 200 Meters - Ferrybank AC

Brian Gregan - 400 Meters - Clonliffe Harriers AC

Richard Morrissey - 400 Meters - Crusaders AC

Declan Murray - 800 Meters - Clonliffe Harriers AC

Mark English - 800 Meters - UCD AC

Ciarán Ó Lionáird - 1500 Meters - Leevale AC

John Travers - 1500 Meters - Donore Harriers

Paul Robinson - 1500 Meters - St Coca’s AC

Sarah Lavin - 100 Hurdles - UCD AC

Laura Reynolds - 20km Race Walk - Mohill and District AC

Christine McMahon - 400 Hurdles - Ballymena & Antrim AC

Jason Harvey - 400 Hurdles - Crusaders AC

Thomas Barr - 400 Hurdles - Ferrybank AC

Fionnuala Britton - 5000/10000 meters - Kilcoole AC

Brendan Boyce - 50km Race Walk - Letterkenny AC

Robert Heffernan - 50km Race Walk - Togher AC

Barbara Sanchez – Marathon - Clonliffe Harriers AC

Kevin Seaward - Marathon - St Malachy's AC

Maria Cambridge - Marathon - DSD AC

Nicola Duncan - Marathon - Galway City Harriers AC

Paul Pollock - Marathon - Annadale Striders AC

Sean Hehir - Marathon - Rathfarnham WSAF AC

Thomas Frazer – Marathon -St. Malachy's AC

Zoe Brown – Pole Vault - Raheny Shamrock AC

Women’s - 4 x 100 meters - Final Pool to be Announced by the 27th of July

Men’s - 4 x 400 meters - Brian Gregan, Richard Morrissey, Thomas Barr, Mark English, Craig Lynch, Brian Murphy

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