4 DSD Masters Athletes represented Ireland at the recent World Indoors Masters Championships held in Torun, Poland from 24th-30th March 2019.
It was a fantastically well organised event, with an electric atmosphere in the outstanding stadium and first-class live-streaming available throughout the week.
Ireland finished an outstanding 11th overall on the medal table out of the 101 countries competing – ahead of many countries multiples of our population. The Irish team won 41 medals in total: 10 Gold (including double gold for Joe Gough from West Waterford in the 800m and 1,500m), 18 Silver and 13 Bronze.
The DSD athletes performed strongly during the week with results as follows:
Avril Dillon W35 – 6th in 60m Hurdles Final in a new Irish Record of 9.63; 8th in 60m Final in 8.22 (having comfortably progressed from both her semi-finals).
Kevin Byrne M45 – 12th in High Jump in SB of 1.65m; 8th in Pole Vault with 3.15m; 11th in 60m Hurdles.
Ronan Gately M50 – 52nd out of 57! in 60m in 8.33 (after a blistering start!); 18th (of 32) in Pentathlon with 2,744 (a new Irish Record).
Shane Sheridan M60 – 6th in 60m Final (comfortably getting through heats and semi-final) in 8.16 (and ran 4th fastest overall time in competition, recording 8.11 – a new Irish record); 9th overall in 200m – just edged out in semi-final having comfortably come through his heat.
It is also worth noting there were over 30 World Records set during the week including a new M95 60m record of 14.09 seconds for Pekka Penttila of Finland.
Looking forward to the return to International competition of other very strong Masters Athletes including Lucy Moore Fox (fresh from her recent success on Weight-lifting stage), Peadar McGing (after his victory in this year’s British Masters Pentathlon M60 category and 4 golds in National Indoors); Cathryn Brady and potentially others. Also great to see strong performances in National Masters from Sheelagh Jones (W60), David Connolly (M35) and Vigetta Moran (W45).
Report: Ronan Gately.