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In Pictures: Joyous Scenes As Irish Athletics Team Return Home

In Pictures: Joyous Scenes As Irish Athletics Team Return Home
By Rory Cassidy Updated

The last of the Irish athletics team to depart the European Championships in Munich have arrived back to Dublin Airport this afternoon.

Family, friends and supporters turned up to see the athletes arrive back.

Mark English had some extra luggage on the flight back as he brought the bronze medal which he won yesterday evening home.

It was the second time the Donegal man medalled at the championships, having done so previously back in 2014.

Also touching down in Dublin today were Sarah Lavin and Efrem Gidey.

Lavin ran a new personal best yesterday to make the final of the 100m Hurdles before finishing in fifth position, while Gidey was sixth in the 10,000m breaking 28 minutes for the first-ever time.

Record success for Irish athletics at Euro Champs

The Irish athletics team had a record breaking performace at the championships.

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Eleven top-eight finishes were secured beating the previous record of six from 1998 and 2002.

Three national records were also smashed, as Israel Olatunde (100m), Rhasidat Adeleke (400m) and the women's 4x400m relay team soared to new heights.

Ciara Mageean also made the podium finishing second in the women's 1500m final.

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22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, left, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, pictured with his coach Feidhlim Kelly at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, right, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, receives flowers from Athletics Ireland President John Cronin at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, is greeted by his aunt Bernadette as he arrives at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, is greeted by his aunt Bernadette, left, and sister Michelle, right, as he arrives at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, left, pictured with Athletics Ireland President John Cronin as he arrives at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Ireland athletes and twin sisters Roisin Flanagan and Eilish Flanagan arrive at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Mark English of Ireland, who won a bronze medal in the men's 800m final, is interviewed after arriving at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Sarah Lavin of Ireland, right, pictured with her coach Noelle Morrissey at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Sarah Lavin of Ireland, left, pictured with Athletics Ireland President John Cronin at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

22 August 2022; Efrem Gidey of Ireland with his friends son, 5 month old Kenny O'Neill, at Dublin Airport on the team's return from the European Championships in Munich. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

SEE ALSO: Efrem Gidey Was Quietly One Of The Breakout Irish Stars Of Munich 22


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