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DSD Masters at the 2024 European Indoors

DSD's Shane Sheridan bags bronze for the 60m sprint in the European Masters in Toruń, Poland
Shane clinched Silver & Bronze at the European Indoors at Toruń, Poland

A total of seven DSD Masters athletes travelled to Toruń, Poland for the European Indoors Masters Athletics Championships held on 17th-23rd March.


They formed part of a 108 athlete Team Ireland contingent who performed strongly, finishing on the medal table in 7th position, out of 38 competing countries.


Adina Gheorghiu (W45) was the stand-out DSD athlete winning 2 Gold medals for Romania in the 60m in 7.92 secs and the 200m in 25.89 secs.


DSD's Adina Gheorghiu gets gold for Romania in the 60m
Adina blasts the competition in the 60m


Shane Sheridan (M65) won 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal – Silver in the 4x200m Mixed Relay (age 60 category) and clinched Bronze in the 60m with the tightest of photo-finishes where the athletes could not be separated.


Congratulations to Dee Walsh (W60) competing in the 60m and the 200m and being selected as a member of the Women's W60 4x200m Relay in her first international masters competition.


Huge thanks are due to the coaches of the above athletes: Avril Dillon, David Connolly and Lucy Moore for their excellent programmes, guidance and coaching.


DSD performances:


  • Adina Gheorghiu W45

    • 60m – Gold in 7.92 secs

    • 200m – Gold in 25.89 secs


  • Dee Walsh W60

    • 60m – 6th in Heat in 10.26 secs

    • 200m – 4th in Heat in 34.80

    • 4x200m Relay (W60) – 5th in 2.14.07 in new National Record


  • Lucy Moore W65

    • Shot-Put – 12th with 7.47m

    • Triple-jump – 7th with 7.51m and new National Record

    • Hammer – 8th with 25.47m


  • Kevin Byrne M50

    • Pole Vault – 8th with 3.15m

    • 60m Hurdles – 5th in Heat with 9.98 secs

    • 4x200m Relay Mixed 50 – 7th in 1.57.29


  • Peadar McGing M65

    • Pentathlon – 12th with 2782 pts

    • 4x200m Relay M65 – 7th in 2.00.62 in new National Record


  • Ronan Gately M55

    • 60m - 8.49 secs (4th in Heat)

    • 200m - 27.39 secs (4th in Heat)


  • Shane Sheridan M65

    • 60m – Bronze in 8.17 secs (ran 8.10 secs for new National Record in semi-final)

    • 200m – 5th in Final in 27.46 secs (ran 27.17 in semi-final)

    • 4x200m Mixed 60 Relay – 2nd in 1.59.43 and new National Record

    • 4x200m Mens 65 Relay – 7th in 2.00.62 and new National Record



Some noteworthy performances from non-DSD athletes included:


  • Triple Golds for

    • John McDermott - Sligo AC (M80 category) won Gold in 400m (in a new European Record of 71.08 seconds at age 80!); 60h Hurdles and Pentathlon.

    • Rachel Akers - Ennis Track (W35) in Hammer, Discus and Weight Throw.


  • Double Golds for

    • The indomitable Ann Woodlock – Donore Harriers (W85) in the 1,500m and the 3,000m.

    • Annette Kealy – Raheny (W55) in dominant fashion in both the 3000m on the track and in the 8k Cross-country.

    • Joe Gough – West Waterford (M70) in the 800m (where he set a new European record of 2.23.41 in a masterclass of tactical 800m running) and the 1500m.


Ronan Gately

DSD

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