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Irish team set to be in the mix for Polish rewards



Leon Reid

Leon Reid

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Leon Reid

Irish Athletics Performance Director Paul McNamara is upbeat about the quality of a record size Irish team for this weekend's European Indoor Athletics Championships in Toruń, Poland.

The late withdrawal of Ciara Mageean was a shock but McNamara has great confidence in the 23-strong team.

Leading the throng is 2019 Glasgow 800m bronze medallist Mark English from Finn Valley. English is ranked fourth in a quality field which is led by Great Britain's Jamie Webb, but should be a serious medal contender after another Irish record of 1.46.10.

New NI record holder Leon Reid goes in the 60 metres sprint, but the 26-year -old Commonwealth 200 metres medallist will find that his new 6.68 secs time will be fully tested in a quality field.

Also in that event is 30-year-old Dean Adams of Ballymena, who is delighted with his first European selection.

This weekend, all Irish eyes will be on the Women's 800 metres after the Irish record was broken several times this season.

Top of the list is DSD's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, who set new figures a few days ago of 2.00.58 in the US which ranks her second on the current Euro list.

There was only a three day gap between this performance and the previous record set by Euro Junior medallist Nadia Power, who ran 2.00.98 at the Toruń venue. Irish Trials winner Georgie Hartigan is also tipped as a finalist.

Belfast Telegraph

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