Team Ireland's Triumph at European Masters Athletics Indoors: A Medal Harvest and Sprinting Showcase

March 21, 2024

Team Ireland continue to make waves once again at the European Masters Athletics Indoors, showcasing remarkable talent. With a current tally of 38 medals – 15 gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze – Irish athletes are certainly leaving a mark on the competition.

In a testament to Ireland's prowess in sprinting, several athletes have advanced impressively through the heats to the semi-finals of the 200m. Despite any notions to the contrary, Ireland is proving itself to be a sprint nation to be reckoned with. Notable among these athletes are Hugh McSweeney (M75), Shane Sheridan (M65), David Hayde (M55), and Edel Maguire (W60), all securing spots in the semi-finals. The quartet of W55 women, including Moira Groome, Carol Kearney, Dara Carr, and Katherine Markey, have also demonstrated exceptional performance, advancing confidently.

John MacDermott, fresh off his gold medal and European Record in the 400m, has further solidified his dominance by clinching gold in the M80 Pentathlon moments ago. Meanwhile, Jim O'Shea's near-miss for bronze by a mere two points underscores the fierce competition and fine margins at play.

Brian Boyce (M45) has emerged as a strong contender, comfortably advancing through. Mary Barrett (W65) showcased her skills with a second-place finish in the Shot Put and an admirable 8th place in the Javelin.

In the tightly contested 60m event, Shane Sheridan (M65) demonstrated his speed, finishing joint 3rd in a race where nothing could separate the top athletes. Gemma Thompson (W35) secured an impressive 3rd place in her category, while Dara Carr (W55) and Moira Groome (W55) finished 6th and 8th respectively in the final. Adina Gheorghiu, representing Romania but coached by Avril Dillon and training with DSD masters, clinched gold in the W45 category.

Despite an unfortunate stumble, David Hayde (M55) displayed medal-worthy form in the 60m event, highlighting the depth of talent among Irish athletes.

As the competition unfolds, Team Ireland continue to inspire with their exceptional performances, solidifying their status as a force to be reckoned with in European Masters Athletics.

Featured Image: Shane Sheridan, courtesy of Ronan Gately.

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