Jer O’Donoghue was in top form at the Munster senior and junior indoor championships at Nenagh last Sunday. Fast out of the blocks he led from the start and coasted to victory in a time of 6.94, just outside his Irish under 23 record of 6.89. This was his second win in a week, having won the AAI Games 60m the previous Sunday.
Afterwards he told the assembled Press that he is not quite as sharp as he was this time last year and is still on strength training. “I did not ease back at all for this meet and that’s why I am happy with the performance”
His next race will either be the Scottish championships or the International Games in Cardiff at the start of February, “and after that I will be racing every weekend”
Sean Manning chased Jer home in third place with a time of 7.21 and also looked good in winning the 200m in 23.00. Paddy O’Gorman had a clear win in the 400m with 50.47, and then they combined to win the 4x200m relay in 1:35.2.
Neil Walsh won the triple jump with 12.32, while Carl McNamara won the junior long jump with 6.30.
On the women’s side Ailis McSweeney won the 60m with ease in 7.91 to continue the sprinters good performances, while Susan O’Reilly was second in the 400m with 62.80. Leevale also won the 4x200m in 1:56.6.
Catherine Keohane won the 800m and was second in the 3,000m and Lisa Quinn was third in the 400m.
Jessika Zebo had a super double in the 200m and 60m hurdles at junior level, while Orla Coughlan was second in the 60m.
Donna Hosford and Amy Clarke took second and third in the long jump, while Deirdre Murphy won the shot and Leevale won a third 4x200m with the juniors to round off another successful day for the club.
PS. Former Leevale sprinter Darren O’Donovan was second in the junior 200m – he was bought by UCC before Christmas!!
Photos clockwise Jer O’Donoghue, Sean Manning, Jessika Zebo and Ailis McSweeney