Mary McLoone Impresses at National Indoor Championships

 

Last weekend, Tír Chonaill’s Mary McLoone, continued her successful Indoor season with two more outstanding performances, in the Long and Triple Jump, at the National Indoor Championships in the well appointed Odyssey Indoor Arena Belfast.

 

On Saturday evening her opening attempt and a P.B. leap of 6.16metres, in the Long Jump, set the scene for an enthralling competition. Kelly Proper, the Irish record holder responded with a 6.16m leap while USA Olympian Brianna Glenn had difficulty with her opening three attempts. As the competition climaxed McLoone had two huge leaps –marginal fouls –both recorded on the electronic equipment at over 6.30m. Proper went on to equal her Irish record of 6.32m while the American pulled out  a World class best of 6.53metres on her last attempt for victory.

 

On Sunday, Mary who was introduced to the various disciplines of athletics as a twelve year old in the Abbey Vocational Gym, dominated the Triple Jump event with a series of very consistent combinations. Her six jump series included 12.70m, 12.75m and a final attempt of 12.80m, again a new PB and a distance that sets her up for the upcoming Indoor International in Cardiff.

 

The fastest four recorded times qualified for the 200m A final. Drawn in Lane 1  against Niamh Whelan,2nd in the 60m final, Christine Ohorough (400m Olympic Gold medallist) and Kelly Proper winner of the Long Jump and 4th placed in the 60m final, Mary responded and ran aggressively from the tight inside lane to record 24.84 secs, behind Proper ,24.10secs, Whelan,  24.26secs and Ohoroogh,  24.33secs.

 

Clubmate, Michelle Harvey, accompanied Mary to the Scottish Indoor championships a week ago and won the 3,000m. In Belfast she moved down a distance and finished 6th in the 1,500m final, time 4mins 40.97 secs.

 

Presentation Women's 200m Medalists L-R: Christine Ohuruogu, Mary McLoone,  Kelly Proper and Niamh Whelan

Presentation Women's 200m Medalists

L-R: Christine Ohuruogu, Mary McLoone,

Kelly Proper and Niamh Whelan

 

Mary McLoone (174) Lane 1 lines up for the 200m Final

Mary McLoone (174) Lane 1 lines up for the 200m Final