FROM Tokyo to Tullamore..

 

Brendan Boyce gave one of his best ever performances to finish 10th in the 50k race walk at the Olympic Games.

Brendan, who has dedicated his life to the sport, made up two places over the last 5k to secure a superb top-ten finish in three hours, 53 minutes and 40 seconds.

The performance was one of the best ever by an athlete from the north west with Brendan inside the top 20 for much of a race held in searing hot temperatures.

This was Brendan’s third appearance at the Olympic Games.

At the AAI Juvenile Championships in Tullamore, there was great success for Finn Valley athletes. 

Sean McGinley took an impressive double gold, winning the under-19 steeplechase and 800m.

Superb displays saw McGinley take gold in both, winning the 800m in 1:54.57 and going 9:43.36 for a comfortable win over the steeplechase. This week, Sean will aim for the hat-trick when he takes to the line in the 1500m.

A week after breaking the Finn Valley AC club record - a mark that had stood for the last 33 years - Cara Laverty won the under-19 800m in 2:16.84. Cara was well in command of the race from start to finish.

Mark Wilkinson was the gold medal winner in the Under-13 high jump (1.35m).

There was a double silver for Riona Doherty. In the Under-15 100m, Riona was beaten on the line by Katie Doherty from Ratoath, just 0.03 seconds between them. A 5.34m best earned Riona the silver in the long jump, with Amy Timoney narrowly missing out on a medal, finishing fourth. 

Hannah Murray was the Under-17 200m silver medalist, Lucas Elliott took silver in the Under-13 shot put and Andrew Jansen claimed the silver medal in the Under-15 shot.

Four Finn Valley AC athletes are among eleven from Donegal who are included in a NI & Ulster team for the Manchester International on August 18.

Former World Under-20 silver medalist and Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Sommer Lecky is included in the senior team.

Sommer is joined in the senior squad by Finn Valley shot putter James Kelly.

Finn Valley duo Sean McGinley (1500m) and Lauren Callaghan (long jump) are in the under-20 squad and Hannah Murray is in the 4x400m u20 women’s squad.

Finn Valley AC’s John Rogan is included as a team coach.

Best wishes to Finn Valley pair Ben Carr and Tristan Kelly who are off to America to begin scholarships.

Ben is off to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville while Tristan will join Union University in Jackson.

Cassie Lagan is now back with her Augusta University squad on pre-season camp in the North Carolina Hills. Cassie is in her second year at Augusta and all at Finn Valley AC wish her well.

They are following a long tradition of athletes from Finn Valley who have gone down the scholarship route in the States.

Since Camilla Harron went to Arizona University in 1985, a succession of others have followed, including Grainne O’Dea, Alan Simms, Damien Rocks, Joe Byrne, Dempsey McGuigan, Sarah Collins, Fellen McGuigan, James Speight, Shannon McLaughlin, Arlene Crossan and Pauric McLaughlin.

Diarmait Keogh won the Tir Chonaill AC 10k on Sunday morning, finishing in 33:18.

The countdown is on for the Finn Valley AC Jubilee 10k on August 22. Entries cost €25 and included is a special jubilee medallion and a beanie hat. Entries can be made online, via a link from the club Facebook page.

 

 



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