The National Senior Indoor Championships This Weekend


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The premier Irish athletics event, the National Senior Indoor Championships, is scheduled for February 17th and 18th, 2024, at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Athletes from all corners of the country are expected to attend, with previews suggesting a line-up brimming with record-breakers and defending champions.

The championships will begin midday on Saturday, followed by another day of competition on Sunday, both days streaming live on the Athletics Ireland YouTube channel.

The opening events will kick off with Sarah Lavin competing in the 60m hurdles and Mark Smyth running in the men’s 200m as the standouts. Israel Olatunde (60m), Nick Griggs (1500m), Mark English (800m), and Louise Shanahan (800m) are among those expected to stand out on Sunday.

The start times for the 400m and 1500m competitions are set for 12:00 pm and 2:50 pm. Mark Smyth, who broke the Irish 200m record last year (20.64), will defend his title in a tightly contested men’s 200m race on Saturday. Sarah Lavin, with impressive consistency, could challenge Derval O’Rourke’s indoor hurdles record of 7.84 seconds if she performs at her best.

On Sunday, the men’s 60m hurdles final could see a significant contribution from Adam Nolan (St Laurence O’Toole AC). The men’s pole vault and high jump events are poised for drama as Matthew Callinan Keenan (SLOT) and David Cussen (Old Abbey AC), both defending champions, prepare to compete.

Paralympian Jordan Lee (Killarney Valley AC) is set to return to action as he gears up for another big outdoor season. With three triple jump titles already under her belt, Saragh Buggy plans to add another at the upcoming competition this weekend.

Upcoming competitions

In the upcoming women’s 3,000m competition, Cheryl Nolan of St Abbans AC, Ciara Wilson from DMP AC, and Niamh Kearney of Raheny Shamrock AC are strong possibilities for claiming victory, as Fiona Everard (Bandon AC) sets the tempo with her swift running in the

In the upcoming men’s 1500m race on Sunday, Nick Griggs and Callum Morgan of Candour Track Club are anticipated to engage in a close battle for the winning spot.

Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers), Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers), Sophie Becker (Raheny Shamrock AC), and Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) are among the contenders for the women’s and men’s 400m podium positions, with Jack Raftery, Cillin Greene, Sophie Becker, and Sharlene Mawdsley being from Donore Harriers, Galway City Harriers, Raheny Shamrock AC, and Newport AC respectively.

Decisions on the track

On the tracks, Olympian David Kenny from Farronfore Main Valley is set to compete in the men’s 5,000m walk at the national championship, aiming for his fourth consecutive indoor title. Brendan Boyce, another Olympian from Finn Valley AC, will be in contention following his recent strong performance in a 10k race in Spain (42:42). Meanwhile, emerging talents Matthew Glennon from Mullingar Harriers and Jake O’Brien from Moy Valley AC have been making waves in the shorter distances this indoor season.

Among Irish U23 athletes, Reece Ademola (Leevale A.C.) currently holds the title for the longest long jump, which he achieved with a remarkable leap of 7.93m.

This season, Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) intends to extend her incredible winning streak to seven women’s shot put event titles, as Ciara Sheehy (Emerald AC) demonstrates impressive form and competition prowess.

Eric Favors (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) is the overwhelming favourite in the men’s shot put, having already surpassed his indoor record of 20.18m earlier in the year. The 4x400m relays will conclude the championships on Sunday at 4:20 pm, with many eyes on the potential for impressive times and team performances. Don’t miss out on all the action!

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