James Kelly represented Ireland and finished 3rd in the 6 man putt event as Ireland came 3rd at the first ever European Athletics DNA competition in Glasgow today.
Dynamic New Athletics or DNA is an innovative concept of mixed team athletics competition created by European Athletics to complement the classic athletics format.
The Finn Valley athlete competed in 1 of 10 events today to rank Ireland second, ahead of ‘The Hunt’ final race.
9 Irish men and 9 Irish women made up the team that was the pride of the country and James was one of the leading points scorers for the Ireland team.
The Irish team was one of 6 nations in the competition, with Spain winning and England runners-up, along with Scotland, Wales and Portugal.
The shot put event featured 2 groups with a 1-shot shootout between the 3 players in the group.
Kelly threw 16.34m against Spain’s Carlos Tobalina and the Spaniard’s 17.73 throw gave him the win.
His 16.65m throw against Francisco Belo of Portugal, who fouled his throw, gave James a 3rd/4th place play-off against Wales’ Patrick Swan.
Swan also fouled so James knew any successful throw would see him finish third, but the St Johnston man maintained his consistency and threw 16.48 to earn 8 points for Ireland.
Ireland tied for first to earn 11 points in the high jump thanks to Ciaran Connolly, while Louise Shanahan finished second in the women’s 800m with a season best 2:04.82.
Kate Doherty was also second in the 60m hurdles with a personal best 8.25s and Molly Scott was also second in the women’s 60m with a time of 7.33s, with the 3 girls all earning 10 points for Ireland .
Israel Olatunde was third in the men’s 60m, finishing in 6.68 seconds and Ruby Millet was third in the long jump with a personal best 6.40m.
Ireland finished fourth in the 4x400m with Cillin Greene, Catherine McManus, Rachel McCain and Robert McDonnell putting in strong performances, finishing in 3:24.05.
Gerard O’Donnell finished 5th in the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.14s while Mark Smyth and Sarah McCarthy got off to a promising start in the 2x2x200m mixed relay, finishing 6th.
That left Ireland tied for second with England on 77 points heading into the final event, The Hunt.
As Spain had 97 points, they started 6.7 seconds ahead of second and third.
Alanna Lally (800m), Roland Surlis (600m), Roisin Harrison (400m) and Eanna Madden (200m) were the Irish quartet in the mixed medley relay who came third, behind Spain and Ireland. ‘England.
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