Joanna strikes gold as Laura takes bronze

Joanna Duignan crosses the line to win the Athletics Ireland U-18 400m Final last Sunday.
Joanna Duignan added to her growing reputation by winning the Woodies DIY AAI Under 18 400m Championship at Tullamore on Sunday last.

Joanna Duignan added to her growing reputation by winning the Woodies DIY AAI Under 18 400m Championship at Tullamore on Sunday last.

The Carrick-on-Shannon AC athlete clocked an impressive time of 57.90 to finish well ahead of Seanna Reilly of Clonliffe Harriers who clocked 58.82 and Rebecca Carr of Blackrock (Louth) A C who finished in 59.48.

Joanna’s victory completes a good week for the Annaduff native after she was picked for the Irish Schools team to compete in the 300m and 4 x 300m events at the Schools International in Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday week, July 20.

There was a further medal for Leitrim in a sizzling Tullamore on Sunday when Laura O’Dowd of Ballinamore AC ran a very strong race to finish third in the Under 19 800m in 2.18.00.

The event was won by Aislinn Crossey of Newry AC who took over two seconds off the old record when winning in 2.07.7.

Both O’Dowd and second placed Rachel O’Shea of West Muskerry (2.15.6) chased hard but could not catch the impressive Crossey.

Cathal McElgunn was the only other competitor to come through his heats, finishing seventh in the U-19 400m Final on Sunday in a time of 52.80.

A number of other Leitrim athletes, who qualified in the Connacht Championships, competed over the weekend but did not get among the medals. These included:

Stephen McDermott (Carrick AC) 5th U16 High Jump 1.65m

Brian Finn (Carrick AC) 11th U15 High Jump 1.40

Caitlin Surlis (Carrick AC) 8th U12 Turbo Javelin 16.75m

Ciara Dowd (Carrick AC) 5th U18 Discus 18.87

Conor McGuinness (Mohill & District) 13th U14 Shot 7.55m

Eilis Conway (Carrick AC) 11th U13 Javelin 14.51m

Callum Whelan (Carrick AC) 13th U16 Javelin 25.88m

Sibeal Reynolds (Ballinamore AC) 9th U15 Long Jump 4.57m

Elise Bruen (Carrick AC) 11th U16 800m 2.35.68

More Leitrim athletes will be in action in Tullamore on Sunday July 21, when the Championships conclude.