Athletics

Phil Healy And Stephen Gaffney Claim National 100m Titles

Phil Healy And Stephen Gaffney Claim National 100m Titles

Phil Healy won the women's 100m senior title in Santry on Sunday.

Into a head wind of -1.7m/s, the Bandon sprinter ran in 11.71. She finished ahead of Sarah Lavin of Emerald AC in second and Joan Healy of Leevale in third.

"I'm really happy to get the title," Healy told Athletics Ireland.

"The conditions were far from ideal but it's the exact same for everyone else. I'm delighted that we had the opportunity to race.

"I was absolutely left in the blocks. I knew I had the endurance to come through. It was just about staying relaxed and holding my composure. It was right to the line."

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In the men's 100m final, Stephen Gaffney won his first title. It was a race run into headwind - -2.4m/s - even stronger than that which the women faced.

Gaffney finished in 10.63 ahead of Marcus Lawler of St Laurence O'Toole in second and Dean Adams of Ballymena and Antrim in third.

"You probably saw me crossing the line, I was absolutely over the moon," said Gaffney.

"It's been coming a long time and I've been working really hard for years. I really wanted it. Sprinting in Ireland at the moment, male and femles, is a really good standard.

"National medals, let a long national titles, are not easy to come by. Delighted.

"I've had a relatively healthy, injury free year. Lockdown was challenging for everyone. Thankfully I had access to gym equipment in a friend's house.

"I was training in parks and on hills, getting in as much good work as I could. About three weeks ago, I hurt my hamstring in Carlow. It's been a busy two weeks to get back. I'm back training about a week."

Picture credits: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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