Sean Doggett's Triumph at World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger

May 16, 2024

Last week, Sean Doggett of Athenry A.C. made headlines with an outstanding performance at the World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger meeting in Belfast. Doggett clocked an incredible time of 46.71 seconds in the 400m event, marking a significant breakthrough for the young athlete and earning him a spot in the upcoming World U20 Championships in Lima, Peru.

Doggett's achievement is even more remarkable considering he still has a year left in the U20 age group, indicating the immense potential and talent he possesses. Notably, his recent performance makes him the fastest European U20 400m runner this year, with only one Russian athlete surpassing his time (though they are currently suspended from international competition).

Before his standout performance in Belfast, Doggett's outdoor personal best stood at 49.25 seconds from the previous year. His remarkable improvement to 46.71 seconds not only demonstrates his dedication and hard work but also places him as the fourth fastest Irish 400m male athlete this year, trailing behind established relay squad members like Cillian Greene and Jack Raftery, both of whom have qualified for the Olympics.

Speaking to Run Republic, Sean shared his excitement and gratitude for this achievement. He expressed, "It's an amazing achievement, something I've been dreaming about for a while." Doggett mentioned that he went to Belfast with the goal of setting a personal best but surpassed expectations by securing the World U20 A Standard, setting the stage for a promising outdoor season.

Acknowledging the role of his father and coach, Stephen, Doggett added, "I'm very grateful to my dad/coach for getting me to this point." He also credited training alongside talented athletes Stephen and David Mannion under coach Jim Phelan, himself an experienced 400m runner who has represented Ireland.

With his sights set on the World U20 Championships in Peru and a supportive team behind him, Doggett's future in track and field looks exceptionally bright. As he continues to refine his skills and compete at higher levels, he is poised to become a notable name in the world of athletics.

Featured Image: by Alex McKnight

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