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Ireland’s New Young Golden Girl Home


Ireland’s Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) arrived home this morning with the rest of the accomplished Irish team from the World Youth Track & Field Championships in Lille, France, with her magnificent golf medal in hand from winning the 5km Walk event last Friday. Monday, July 11th, 2011

Veale looked rightly delighted as she entered the arrivals area of Dublin airport with her Irish team-mates and coaching staff, and was greeted by a significant number of well-wishers and supporters, together with members of the Irish media, including RTE television.

The highly-talented Veale won the prized title in a new Irish Junior record of 21:45.59, almost 30 seconds clear of her closest rivals, Yanuxe Mao of China and Russia’s Nadezhda Leontyeva.

The highly motivated Irish team put in a series of competitive performances over the championships.

Letterkenny AC’s Ruairi Finnegan finished a very respectable 10th place in the blue riband 1500m final in a new PB time of 3:49.58, which will give the young Donegal athlete huge encouragement in his future athletics endeavours.

Shane Fitzsimons (Mullingar Harriers) finished a credible 7th in his 1500m heat, after battling in the leading pack for most of the race.

Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’Toole AC) gave another positive acccount of himself when he finished seventh in the semi-final of the 200m in a time of 21.81.

Evan Lynch (Clonmel AC) finished in 29th in the 10,000m Walk in a time of 49:17.95, which was also a new PB and no doubt an invaluable experience for the young Tipperary athlete.

Megan Kiely of Ferrybank AC, another highly promising Waterford athlete, progressed to the semi-finals of the 400m Hurdles event, and finished in 8th place in the first of the three competitive semis in a time of 1:03.23.

Phillipa Rogan (Greystones AC) competed with determination in the high jump and finished 17th of 31 athletes with a jump of 1.67m, after narrowly missing a jump of 1.72m on her final attempt.

Well done to all the Irish Team who competed with pride and determination in these highly prestigious World Youth Track & Field Championships.

Here’s to more Irish success in next weekend’s European U23 Championships in Ostrava.