Local athletes help Ireland to 8th place finish at European Team Championships in Finland!


Local athletes represent Ireland at European Team Championships in Finland:

Northern Ireland’s Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) was in good form as local athletes helped Ireland to a very credible 8th place at the European Team Championships (First League) in Vassa, Finland this weekend (Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June 2017).

Amy claimed 2nd place in the 100m event, after crossing the line in 11.70secs – this followed on from her 11.59secs clocking in the heats the previous day.


Irish ladies team captain Kerry O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC) lined up in the 3,000m Steeplechase, where she ran 10:11.88 for 7th place.  Strabane based  Ann-Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC) recorded a new personal best of 16:03.94 for 6th place in the 5,000m, will recent NI record breaker Emma Mitchell (QUB AC) clocked her second quickest ever outdoor 1500m time, after running 4:19.20 for 9th place.

Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) was in competition in the 400m hurdles and missed qualification by less than one second when taking 9th place in 1:00.51.  Unfortunately, Ben Reynolds was disqualified from his 110m hurdles race.

In the men’s 4x100m NI man Christian Robinson (City of Lisburn AC) and team mates Eanna Madden, Mark Smyth and Marcus Lawler took 4th place in 40.47.

In the field, rising star Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) finished in 4th place in the High Jump, after jumping to 1.80m – this was the same height reached by 2nd place and 3rd place finishers Mirela Demireva (Bulgaria) and Ligia-Damaris Bara (Romania) – but Mirela and Ligia-Damaris were awarded the podium places on count back.

Crusaders AC’s Adam McMullen was took 4th place in the Long Jump with a 7.64m leap.  In the Hammer competition, Finn Valley AC’s Dempsey McGuigan threw 65.72m for 6th place.

In the end, Ireland finished with 238 points for 8th place. Sweden won the competition with 320 points (1st place).

Full results for the event can be found HERE.

Note:  This article was compiled for use by Athletics NI.