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5th Time's A Charm As Michaela Walsh Wins Bronze In The Hammer Throw

5th Time's A Charm As Michaela Walsh Wins Bronze In The Hammer Throw

Michaela Walsh earned Ireland's second medal at the U20 European Championships this week after winning bronze in the hammer throw.

The 18-year-old took some time to get going, but produced two wonderful throws to leave her guaranteed a bronze medal before her final attempt.

Walsh nailed her fifth attempt and recorded a distance of 61.27m to distance herself from fourth position and bagged her first medal of the championships.

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The result comes off the back of her wonderful performances in qualifying on Friday evening. Not content with one final yesterday, Walsh qualified for the final of the hammer throw and the shot put less than an hour later.

She competes in the shot put final later this evening.

Elsewhere, Chris O'Donnell couldn't follow up his heat victory on Friday evening with a medal this evening.

He finished sixth in the final of the men's 400m with a personal best of 46.54. He sets a new national U20 record.

Mark Smyth also had to settle for sixth in the 200m final, but recorded a new personal best of 21.36.

It's been a wonderful European Championships for Ireland so far. On Friday evening, Ireland were celebrating Gina Akpe-Moses' 100m gold medal.

Cian Roche

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