Wayland wins silver in New Zealand

CATHERINE WAYLAND was the toast of the Irish team at the Paralympic Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand after taking a silver medal in the club throw in the F51 category.

The Wexford woman won her medal with a throw of 13.56 meters and immediately dedicated it to her son Calum and her coach Pat Furlong. Irish Paralympic team manager James Nolan said: “Catherine has been very dedicated in her approach to these championships and she has worked very hard over the past winter with her coach. She is very deserving of her success, which is also a great boost for the Irish team here.”

Roy O’Dwyer from Kilkenny finished 12th in the Shot Putt F34 category – his first experience of this level of international competition.

Elsewhere, Ciara Mageean got her first taste of tough indoor international competition over the weekend when she set Irish junior records over 1500m and mile when placing 7th in a field of 12 in the Elite Mile race at the New Balance Indoor Games in New York.

Mageean and coach Eamonn Christie will be happy with this first American outing where her 1500m time of 4 minutes 17 seconds was an impressive improvement on her own junior record of 4:20.80 which she set two years ago.

Mageean was timed at both the 1500m and mile mark and her latter time of 4:38.82 demolished the Irish junior record of 4:41.76, held by Anita Philpott. The race was won in 4:28.60 by American Jen Simpson.

On Saturday, Kenyan athlete Mike Kigen was in a class of his own when winning the IAAF International Cross Country race in Greenmount Estate, Antrim (26:07) ahead of fellow Kenyan Tinus Mbishei. African runners filled the top six positions in this men’s senior international, while Charlotte Purdue, the recent winner of the European Junior Women’s Cross Country Championship, easily won the senior women’s race.

Waterford AC’s Shane Quinn delivered an impressive win ahead of Lachlam Oates of Scotland in the junior men. Mary Mulhare (North Laois AC) placed second in the junior women’s race behind England’s Louise Small.

There was indoor athletics action in Nenagh, too, over the weekend where Joan Healy of Bandon AC impressed on Saturday in winning the 60m in the AAI Games in 7.71 seconds from Niamh Whelan of Ferrybank (7.73).

David McCarthy of Le Cheile AC won the 1,000m race in 2:31.59 from Mark Hanrahan of Leevale AC. David Quilligan of Leevale A.C won a 60 meters race in 7.17 seconds and Pat Whelan of Dublin Striders won another event over the same distance in 7.15 seconds. David Quilligan also went on to win the Long Jump with 11.78m. Kate Veale of West Waterford AC was in sparkling form when winning the 3,000m race walk in 13:11.86.

Yesterday, it was the turn of the Irish Master athletes to contest national indoor track & field championships in various age categories. Bobby King of St Coca’s AC delivered a world best time in the O65 3,000m race walk – winning his age division in 15:19.02.

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