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Cian McPhillips set for the European Under 20 Athletics Championships
Longford Athletic Club’s Cian McPhillips will this week take on the continent’s top junior middle-distance athletes in Estonia at the European Under-20 Championships. Cian is part of a 33-strong Irish team that has travelled to Tallinn ahead of the championships which take place from 15 – 18 July. He will run in the 1500 metres having previously run inside the 3:48 qualification standard. The rounds of the event are scheduled for Thursday 15 July at 4pm local time (2pm Irish time). Should Cian qualify from his round, the final will be on Saturday 17 July.

All events over the four days can be viewed on the European Athletics website via the live stream:

Cian McPhillips Euros 2021

Following a slightly disrupted build up with his training as well as his recent Leaving Cert commitments, 19-year-old Cian travels to Estonia having only raced once so far in this outdoor track season. That was his win in the 1500m at the AAI Games in Dublin last month.

Cian’s experience however from competing at the European Senior Indoors in March should certainly stand to him. Championship racing is often more about tactics, rather than time, and no doubt the 800m finishing speed Cian possesses can be to his advantage in seeking to secure a place in Saturday’s final.

The 28 athletes entered in the junior men’s 1500m, from 17 different countries, will have to contend with the warm Tallinn temperatures which may rise above 30 degrees. This will be Cian’s first outdoor championships in an Irish vest since the 2018 European Under-18 1500m in Hungary.

Best of luck to Cian in what will be his final track championships as a junior having enjoyed much success on the track over the years in both the juvenile and junior ranks.

Report from Connacht Track & Field Under 9-11 Team Games 
Well done to the girls and boys who took part at the Connacht Under 9-11 Team Games in Athlone on Saturday. 23 children represented our club on what was for most their first experience of competition on the track and they all did great on a fun day of races, throws and jumps.

Our athletes on the day were: Kaija Richards, Harry Finn, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Daire Grealy, Cormac Reilly, Jack Waters, Zoe Mulligan, Georgia Brady, Holly Brady, Katie Costello, Keeva Manning, Rian Foley, Adam Mulleady, Aoibhinn Coffey, Clodhra Crossan, Sophia Smith, Leah Waters, Conor Brennan, Charlie Finn, John Fitzpatrick, Setanta Smith, Evan Maher and Noah Washington.

In the Team Games, club member pairings won three medals. Gold was won by Andrew and Daire in the U9 Turbo Javelin. John and Setanta won two medals each in the U11s – silver in the Turbo Javelin and bronze in the 600m.

turbo javelin u9 champions

Andrew and Dáire – Connacht U9 Turbo Javelin Gold Medalists

Good luck to our members competing this weekend in Athlone for the Under 12 – 19 age groups. Elsewhere, well done to Ciarán Madden on his top 10 finish at the Never Give Up 10k in Co. Wexford last Sunday with a time of 37:23.