Junior athletes display their talent at world level

JOANNE CUDDIHY (Kilkenny) finished 6th in her 400m final at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Kingston, Jamaica but with a personal best 53.36s on the clock. Monique Henderson (USA) won in 51.10s.

In the men’s 400m, victory went to Darold Williamson of the USA in 45.37s. David McCarthy (Celbridge) finished 7th, down on his best of 47.10s.

And in the 10,000m walk Ann Loughnane (Loughrea) was 16th in 51m 11.54s in a race won by Japan’s Fumi Mitsumara in 46m 01.56s. In the Jamiaca heat, the Irish walker was over a minute down on her time at Kilkenny in May.

The 200m heats got underway with Paul Hessian (Athenry) progressing to the next round, clocking a personal best 21.03s for third place in the fastest heat of the day.

Hession who placed third, was also 7/100th of a second inside the qualifying time for the European Senior Championships, leaving the Irish selectors with a dilemma having already picked Paul Brizzel and Gary Ryan with the idea of leaving the third place open to European U23 200m bronze medallist Mark Howard (Fingallians).

The final team for the Munich extravaganza will be announced on Monday after the Dublin and Bangor Internationals this weekend.

Dubliner Claire Bergin qualified for the semi-final of her 200m by placing 4th in her race in a personal best time of 24.36 (+2.0), making this the most successful World Junior Championships by an Irish team.

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