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Solid showing by Amy helps Ireland remain at top table

 

By Brian Hill

Ireland's fastest sprinter, Amy Foster from Lisburn, finished a solid second over the weekend in the 100 metres at the European Team Cup in Vaasa, Finland.

Her performance helped the Irish finish with 238 points for eighth place from 12 teams, thus ensuring they remain in the top level of the competition which Sweden won with 320 points.

Foster (28) was always going to be in contention in the final following her heat time of 11.59 seconds.

Times were slower in the final because of a negative wind, but following her usual fast start, Amy managed to maintain her momentum to finish in her highest position in this competition, 11.70 seconds, behind winner Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland who recorded 11.45.

The Lisburn AC woman was also a key member of the Irish 4x100 Relay squad which finished second in 44.80.

There were two convincing victories for the Irish team in Finland. Brian Gregan had a clear win by over half a second in the 400m in 45.83, while in the 800m, Letterkenny's Mark English won a tactical race against Swiss rival Andreas Bube in 1.49.02.

New high jump star Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley performed well in her first major competition. The 17-year-old finished fourth with 1.80 metres behind two women who jumped the same height but finished ahead of her on count back. Belfast's Adam McMullen was also fourth in the long jump with 7.64 metres which is the same distance he recently recorded when retaining his NI title.

Other local performances included Irish team captain Kerry O'Flaherty of Newcastle, seventh in the steeplechase in 10 mins 11.88 secs. In a classy Men's hammer, Finn Valley's Dempsey McGuigan had to settle for sixth place despite a useful throw of 65.72 metres .

Strabane's Anne Marie McGlynn was sixth in the 5,000m in a PB of 16.03.64. Banbridge's Emma Mitchell was ninth in the 1,500m in 4.19.20, which is her second fastest outdoors.

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