Athletics Ireland Name Formidable Squad Ahead Of European Championships

Athletics Ireland have announced a strong squad which includes 18 women ahead of the upcoming European Athletics Championships in Munich on August 15-21.

Athletics Ireland Name Formidable Squad Ahead Of European Championships Athletics Ireland Name Formidable Squad Ahead Of European Championships
HerSport Editor

Athletics Ireland have announced a strong squad which includes 18 women ahead of the upcoming European Athletics Championships in Munich on August 15-21.

Previous European championship medal winners Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC) will spearhead the Irish contingent alongside world indoor finalist Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC).

The Irish relay teams have enjoyed tremendous success in global competition over the past 12 months and the women’s 4x400m team looks particularly strong with Rhasidat Adeleke (Tallaght AC), Phil Healy (Bandon AC), Sophie Becker (Raheny Shamrock), Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC), Cliodhna Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers), and Roisin Harrison (Emerald AC) all confirmed to travel to Munich.

Four-time Olympian Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole AC) heads up a strong women’s marathon team which also includes Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) and Ann Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC).

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McCormack will be joined in Munich by fellow Tokyo Olympians, Sarah Healy (UCD AC), Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC), Eilish Flanagan (Finn Valley AC) and Michelle Finn (Leevale AC).

The team also includes an excellent blend of developing athletes including Kate O'Connor (Dundalk St. Gerards AC).

Speaking at today’s team announcement, Athletics Ireland Director of High Performance, Paul McNamara said:

“ With 31 individual athletes selected this is the largest cohort we have ever sent to a major championship, despite the higher qualification standards than any previous edition of this championships, and with 25 athletes inside the A standard.  This team includes multiple athletes, both seasoned campaigners and rising stars, that are primed to make an impact, demonstrating both enhanced depth and breadth in our athlete cohort. It’s been a busy season with World Championships and Commonwealth Games for many of this squad, but the European Championships has been the primary focus for 2022”.

Athlete Event Club Coach
*Fionnuala McCormack Marathon Kilcoole AC Alan McCormack
Rhasidat Adeleke 400m & 4x400m Relay Tallaght AC Edrick Floreal
Louise Shanahan 800m Leevale AC Phil O’Dell & Ray Shanahan
Sarah Healy 1500m UCD AC Eoghan Marnell
Kate O'Connor Heptathlon Dundalk St. Gerards AC Michael O'Connor
Sarah Lavin 100mH Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey
Eilish Flanagan 3000mSC Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Michelle Finn 3000mSC Leevale AC Feidhlim Kelly
*Aoife Cooke Marathon Eagle AC Alan Storey
Phil Healy 400m & 4x400m Relay Bandon AC Shane McCormack
Ciara Mageean 800m & 1500m City of Lisburn AC Helen Clitheroe
*Ann Marie McGlynn Marathon Letterkenny AC Emmett Dunleavy
Sophie Becker 400m & 4x400m Relay Raheny Shamrock AC Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O'Donnell
Roisin Flanagan 5000m Finn Valley AC Damon Martin
Sharlene Mawdsley 4x400m Relay Newport AC Gary Ryan
Cliodhna Manning 4x400m Relay Kilkenny City Harriers AC Peter Lyons
Roisin Harrison 4x400m Relay Emerald AC Eoghan MacNamara
Kelly McGrory Non-travelling reserve - 4x400m Relay Tir Chonall AC Drew & Hayley Harrison

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