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DSD Masters Athletes Outperform in Athlone

A total of 11 DSD Masters athletes competed at the Irish Masters Indoors in Athlone on Saturday 13th January. They came home with a fantastic 20 medals (14 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze). Both Peadar McGing and Shane Sheridan won triple Gold in their three events (detail below) Adina Gheorghiu, Kevin Byrne and George Wyatt each won double Gold. Avril Dillon romped home in the 60m Hurdles despite carrying a slight niggle. Dee Walsh won her first ever National Indoor Masters medal with double Silver in 60m and Long-Jump, and Bronze in 200m. There were at least 5 other strong DSD Masters Track & Field athletes that were unable to attend on this occasion – whom, if they had been in attendance, would have swelled the medal tally further. Full results: Avril Dillon W40 - 1st 60m Hurdles - 9 07 secs Adina Gheorghiu W45 - 1st 60m and 200m in 8.23 secs and 26.75 secs respectively. Dee Walsh W60 - 2nd in 60m in 9.81 secs, 2nd in Long-Jump in 2.30m and 3rd in 200m in 34.91 secs. Teresa McGing W65 - 1st in Weight for Distance with 3.33m and 2nd in Shot-Put with 3.94m. James Sullivan M35 - 2nd in 200m and 3rd in 400m in 25.64 secs and 57.28 secs (his fastest Indoor times in many years). Kevin Byrne M50 - 1st in 60m Hurdle in 10.39 secs and 1st in Pole-Vault in 3.20m (Kevin is knocking on the door of a new Irish Record of 3.30m+). Also 5th in High-Jump with 1.45m. Fintan Hourihan M55 - 4th in 200m in 27.63 (only very narrowly missing out on a medal) and 7th in 400m in 1.08.58. George Wyatt M55 - 1st in both Long-Jump and Triple-Jump in 4.89m and 9.88m respectively. Ronan Gately M55 - 2nd in 400m in 27.41 secs and 4th in 400m in 63 13 secs (the irrepressible) Peadar McGing M65 - triple Gold in 60m Hurdles with 11.65 secs, High-Jump with 1.30m and Triple-Jump with 8.64m. Shane Sheridan also triple Gold (what is it with these M65's!) In 60m - 8.27 secs, 200m in 27.67 secs and 400m in 67.29 secs. The 60m and 200m times were new Irish Records The Mens 4x200m team came 5th in 1.54.12 secs (but we reckon we conceded at least a total of 50 years to the other teams!!). Ronan Gately, 16 January 2023

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