Carroll Wins Third Consecutive National Title, Lombard 4th in Shot Putt

Mark Carroll returned home for the National Senior Championships this weekend and duly won his third consecutive 5,000m title.  Mark (far right) has done all his fast running on the Grand Prix circuit in recent weeks and today’s run was a mere stroll. He moved away from Keith Kelly (No. 147) after the opening laps and arrived home unhindered in 13:48.26.  Kelly was second, followed by Leevale’s Fiachra Lombard in third (14.23.73).  Fiachra’s brother Cathal finished 7th in 14.38.76.  In the 400m, Brian Murphy (top left) finished 8th in the final with a time of 50.15, while in the 200m, Darren O’Donovan just missed out on a place in the final with a time of 23.08 in the heats.  In the women’s 100m, Leevale had three athletes make the final; Ailis McSweeney (bottom left) finished 5th in 12.63, Jessica Zebo was 8th in 12.97, and Orlaith McSweeney was 9th in 13.02.  In the 200m, Aisling Maunsell finished 6th in 25.92, with Ailis McSweeney 8th in 26.50.  Maunsell was also 6th in the 400m.  In the 400m hurdles, Sinead Falvey was 5th in 67.10, followed by Niamh Cremin in 68.75.  Fionnula Lombard (middle left) was 4th in the shot putt with a throw of 11.24, while Deidre Murphy threw the discus 36.39 for 5th place.  In other events, James Nolan and Daniel Caulfield both qualified for the upcoming World Championships with victories in the 1,500m and 800m respectively. Other highlights of the weekend included victory and personal bests for Karen Shinkins in the 400m (52.17), Tomas Coman in the men’s 400m (45.99), Robert Heffernan in the 10,000m walk (38.58.83 – National Record), and Gillian O’Sullivan in the women’s 5,000m walk (20:50.13 – National Record).  On Saturday afternoon Terry McHugh won a record 18th consecutive javelin title ( Full Results on AAI Site).