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Patterson turns on the style to shatter own Irish junior record


Top stuff: Davicia Patterson is a medal hope for U20 Euros
Top stuff: Davicia Patterson is a medal hope for U20 Euros

By Brian Hill

Davicia Patterson showed superb form in the weekend's big Geneva International meeting, where she defeated a classy field over 400m to beat her own Northern Ireland and Irish junior record.

She clocked 52.57 seconds, which is only 0.03 seconds off Stephanie Llewellyn's Northern Ireland senior record set in 1995.

It placed the Hunterhouse schoolgirl fifth in the all-time Irish list and made her the current fastest Under-20 European.

The 18-year-old had to contend with stormy conditions in Geneva which caused the temporary suspension of the meeting. However, she still managed to win her race ahead of Great Britain internationals Amber Anning (52.64 seconds) and Phillipa Lowe (52.83 seconds).

Patterson is now part of an exciting quartet of Northern Ireland athletes who will be serious contenders for medals at the European U20 Championships in Sweden in a month's time.

North Down's Aaron Sexton tops the Euro 200m list, while Finn Valley's Sommer Lecky lies fourth in the high jump.

And Commonwealth Games athlete Kate O'Connor is third in the heptathlon following her recent Irish record of 5,881 points, just short of leader Anna Kalin of Switzerland (5,952 points).

In Geneva, Lisburn AC's Ellen McCarthy cleared 3.80m in the pole vault and Ballymena's Craig Newell was seventh in his 400m event in 48.26 seconds.

At the BMC International in Loughborough, meanwhile, Willowfield's Andrew Wright ran a season's best time to finish second in his 800m race in 1.52.96. North Down's Rachel Gibson also ran a season's best in her 800m event with 2.10.72.

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