Brian does Leitrim proud in European Team Championships

Brian McGovern was one of the successes of the Irish Team at the European Team Championship First League in Santry on Sunday last.

Brian McGovern was one of the successes of the Irish Team at the European Team Championship First League in Santry on Sunday last.

Brian finished in a magnificent fourth position among the 12 competitors, five of whom had previously vaulted considerably higher and two others who had somewhat similar marks this season.

Brian passed on the opening height of 4.60 but nearly came to grief at 4.80 when he slipped on the damp runway at take off on his first attempt and failed on his second raising the possibility of no points.

However, he sailed over on the third attempt and went to clear 5.15m on second attempt but in the conditions which saw all competitors finishing well below their season’s best he missed at 5.30.

However this was sufficient to get him fourth place and nine valuable points for Ireland.