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Masters of their fates

With a haul of 10 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze medals, Ireland’s Masters athletes delivered a solid performance at the recent World Masters Indoors Championships in Poland. This included a superb battle for silver from Annette Quaid who recovered from a fall to claim her place on the podium

Ireland’s Masters athletes returned with 41 medals following a strong performance at the 8th World Masters Indoors Championships in Toruń, Poland.
​The 106 Irish Masters athletes (from ages 35-83) performed exceptionally well during the week. Their combined efforts saw Ireland ranked 11th overall out of the 101 countries competing – continuing to punch well above our weight relative to many larger countries.

Going for gold
There were strong individual and team performances, with several new Irish National Records (NR) set and some truly outstanding performances.

  • Joe Gough (West Waterford) – M65 – two gold medals (800m and 1,500m). He added two bronze medals (60m hurdles and pentathlon) – setting five new NRs in the process.
  • Annette Quaid (Leevale) – M40 – two silver medals (400m – new NR; and 800m). Quaid’s performance is particularly noteworthy as she recovered from a fall during the final of the 800m, which saw her go from second to last, but she ran an exceptionally gutsy race to recover to win silver.
  • Snezana Bechtina (Clonliffe) – W35 – one gold (200m – new NR) and one silver (400m), also setting a new PB in the process.
  • Sean Breathnach (Galway City Harriers) – M40 – one gold (discus) and one silver (shot put).
  • Ann Woodlock (Donore Harriers) – W80 – one gold (3km) and one silver (1.5km) – setting two NRs.
  • Annette Kealy (Raheny) – W50 – one gold (8km cross country) and one silver (3km).
  • Pauline Moran (Mayo) – W60 – two silver (in 8km cross country and 10km) and one bronze (Team Half Marathon).
  • Mick Byrne (Parnells, Rathdrum) – M55 – two gold (10km individual – a season’s best (SB) performance – and Team 8km cross country)
  • Pat O’Grady (Clonliffe) – M55 – one gold (Team 8km cross country) and one bronze (half marathon).
  • Mary Leech (Drogheda & District) - W40 – two silver (1.5km and 3km).

The full list of other Irish medal winners is:

Silver
Anne Gilshinan – W50 – 1.5km 
Tommy Payne – M60 – 8km cross country
Dorothy McLennan – W80 – pentathlon
Sean McMullin – M70 – 10km walk
​Jackie Stamp – W45 – 8km cross country

Bronze
Michelle Kenny – W35 – 10km
Mark O’Shea – M35 – 1.5km
Shane Healy – M50 – 8km cross country
Geraldine Finnegan – W50 - pentathlon
Noreen Bonner – W60 – half marathon
Eileen Kenny – W65 – 10km
Jim O’Shea – M75 – high jump

Team:
Noreen Bonner, Pauline Moran and Nuala Reilly
Gold – W60 – half marathon

Mick Byrne, Pat O’Grady and Mark Connolly
Gold – M55 – 8km cross Ccountry
Stephen Hunter, Tim Twomey and James Grufferty
Silver – M35 – 8km cross country
Shane Healy, Ian Egan, Robert Maher, Cathal McLaughlin – Silver – M50 – 8km cross country
Kay Byrne, Finola Moore and Anne Gormley
Bronze – W55 – 8km cross country
Ross Alexander, Bob Lyne and Tony Malone – Bronze – M35-M50 – 10km walk

New records and personal achievements
As well as medals, the Irish women’s W35 4x200m relay won their heat, setting a new Irish NR Irish W35 record. The team consisted of Maria Sheehan, Snezana Bechtina, Leanne Wellings, Lynsey Brown. Finishing in fourth place in the M35 800m final, Denis Coughlan set a PB in a time of 1:59.68. Avril Dillon delivered an SB in the W35 60m in a time of 8.20. Stephen Hunter, Michael Harrington, Eileen Kenny also delivered SBs in the 10K W+M.

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