The Finish Line - Whelan wins 3000m in Local Track Roundup

August 07, 2023

James Whelan of Raheny Shamrock AC ran the fastest 3000m time of the night at the final Dublin Graded Track and Field Meet at Santry on Wednesday (August 2).

Whelan won the B race in a time of 8:49.31. In the A race, Conor Burke of Celbridge AC was the winner in 8:59.16. Burke was chased hard by Dylan O’Brien  of Raheny Shamrock AC who finished second in 9:00.24. Dylan Wright of Lucan Harriers was third in 9:11.53.

Winning the women’s 3000m in 9:51.57 was Cliona Murphy of Dublin City Harriers. First home in the women’s grade A mile was Louise Gaffney of Rathfarnham WSAF AC in 5:10.99. A close second in 5:11.76 was Maria Jones of Sportsworld AC.

Conall Connell of Raheny Shamrock AC won the men’s A mile in  4:26.043, followed by Cian Hodgins of Nenagh Olympic AC in 4:27.09.

Winning the men’s A 400m in 49.26 secs was Robert Hewison of Kildare AC.  Close to fifty athletes had entered the men’s 400m, with four grade D races, held under floodlights.

Fastest of the women was  Claire Mooney, now with Crusaders AC, who won the B race in 56.30 secs.  Mooney was national indoors champion over 400m in 2018.  Zoie Richie of Rathfarnham WSAF AC  had won the A race in 57.81 secs. Angela Castell Rodriguez  of Raheny Shamrock AC was second in 58.42 and Daisy Walker of Monaghan Phoenix AC third in 58.50.

In the field, national champion Michael Bowler of Enniscorthy AC had three failed attempted at 4.80m, but still won the competition with a  4.60m height.  Simon Galligan of Clonliffe Harriers won the men’s hammer with a 62.72 throw,  followed by Lusk AC’s Stephen Fee with 61.14m. Nicola Tuthill of UCD AC was best of the women with 66.39. Alina Duran of Tallaght AC threw 61.14 and Margaret Hayden, also Tallaght AC, 60.83m.

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