Mary McLoone is National triple Jump Champion


Club athlete Mary McLoone added another Nnational medal to her already hefty medal haul at National level, when in extremely difficult conditions for horizontal jumpers, she took the gold medal and national title in her strongest discipline the triple jump. With a first round failure, Mary broke the sand at 11.71m in the second round to leap into an unassailable lead. Taking no more jumps, Mary sat out the remainder of the competition in the safe knowledge that her leap would not be surpassed. Mary Devlin of Abbey AC was second with 11.34m and Hannah Todd third with 11.24m, the only three athletes to break 11m.


Many of Ireland’s Beijing Olympic bound athletes will be on view over the weekend. Eileen O’Keefe, Kilkenny City Harriers, with three world class throws over 70 metres won the Hammer early this morning while Olive Loughnane, Loughrea with a fantastic time of  21mins 7secs  for the 5k walk was a most impressive winner. Both athletes are ranked in the top ten in the World in their respective disciplines at the moment .


L-R: Hannah Todd Ballymena and Antrim 3rd,

Mary McLoone Tír Chonaill AC 1st and Mary Devlin Abbey, Belfast 2nd


Triple Jump Result

1  Mc Loone, Mary Tír Chonaill A.C.                11.71m

2  Devlin, Mary Abbey A.C.                                11.37m

3  Todd, Hannah Ballymena & Antrim A.C.    11.24m

4  Herron, Linzi Lisburn A.C.                             10.86m

5  Reilly, Jenny Na Fianna A.C.                       10.77m

6  Porteous, Debbie City of Lisburn A.C.         10.46m

7  Finnegan, Rachel,  Craughwell A.C.              9.51m

8  Finnegan, Sarah Craughwell A.C.                  9.41m



Photograph of the Mens 100m Final where Paul Hessian, Athenry the eventual

winner leads. Paul ran 10.25 in the heats and 10.27 in

winning the final --truly great times