Nick Griggs Spearheads Group Eire At The World U20 Champs

Nick Griggs will spearhead a robust Irish group of seven athletes at this week’s World U20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Eire did not ship any athletes to those championships in Kenya final 12 months however in 2018 in Tampere, Finland got here away with two silver medals.

Endurance Jumbo-Gula, Gina Akpe-Moses, Ciara Neville, and Molly Scott claimed medals within the Girls’s 4x100m relay, with a then 15-year-old Rhasidat Adeleke lacking the ultimate by damage, whereas Sommer Lecky mounted the rostrum within the Excessive Leap .

The Irish group in Cali can be hoping that they’ll be a part of the checklist of Irish athletes who’ve medalled in these championships down the years after which go onto obtain even greater issues sooner or later.

Right here, previews the athletes heading out to South America.

Nick Griggs – 3000m

Nick Griggs has quick grow to be a family identify with Irish athletics followers since he broke onto the scene by successful the European U20 3000m final summer season. The Tyrone man has an electrical flip of tempo and has proven it time after time.

He has additionally overcame adversity and private loss, dropping his youthful brother Joshua in a tragic office accident simply six weeks earlier than he received European gold final summer season. In an interview with Belfast Dwell final 12 months Griggs described his brother as his “largest affect and largest supporter”.

The 17-year-old has continued his success from final 12 months into 2022. In March he ran a sensational time of three.56.40 for the Mile Indoors. Most just lately Griggs ran a sensational time of seven.53.40 over 3000m to grow to be the primary ever Irish U20 to interrupt eight minutes for the space.

He’ll fancy his probabilities in Colombia, as he heads into the championships ranked within the high ten U20s on the earth for the space this 12 months and on the again of successful one other nationwide title on the Junior Championships final month in Tullamore.

Callum Morgan – 3000m

Morgan is a coaching companion of Griggs, with each athletes being coached by Mark Kirk. Previously a member of St. Malachy’s AC in Belfast, Morgan has now switched his allegiances to the just lately established Candour Monitor Membership. The membership was established earlier this 12 months by Irish worldwide 800m athlete Katie Kirk and are based mostly on the Mary Peter’s Monitor.

Morgan ran a private better of 8.10.02 to qualify for these championships in Loughborough, England again in Might and has additionally ran a 5000m PB this 12 months. He’s within the type of his life earlier than heading to Colombia.

Dean Casey – 5000m

Casey is one other very good expertise coming by the Irish system in the meanwhile. The Ennis man completed 13th within the U20 race on the European Cross Nation Championships in Abbotstown final December and was a part of the Irish group that received silver that day.

Again in Might, Casey ran a brand new Irish U20 file over 10,000m in London clocking 28.57.34. Earlier than this 12 months the file had lasted 52 years and was held by Frank Greally. The 18-year-old has ran 14.02.28 for 5000m this season rating him because the eighth quickest European U20 in 2022. Casey completed second within the 1500m on the Irish Junior Championships just lately.

Lucy-Might Sleeman – 100m & 200m

It has been a breakthrough 12 months for Cork sprinter Sleeman who has made main enhancements this summer season. The Leevale AC athlete received a dash double on the Irish Faculty Championships in early June and achieved the identical feat at July’s Nationwide Junior Championships.

In addition to that, the 18-year-old completed fifth within the 100m on the Nationwide Senior Monitor and Area Championships in June. Sleeman has a 100m PB of 11.63s set final weekend and a 200m PB of 24.04s from Belgium again in Might.

Lucy McGlynn – 100m Hurdles & 400m Hurdles

McGlynn completed third within the 400m Hurdles last on the Nationwide Senior Championships on the finish of June and fourth within the 100m Hurdles. The Donegal athlete received double gold within the hurdles on the Nationwide Juvenile Championships within the U19 age group and on the Junior Championships in Tullamore in July.

McGlynn is coached by Eamon Harvey who additionally guided fellow Tír Chonaill AC athlete Fintan Dewhirst to a silver medal on the European U18 Championships in Jerusalem final month. The 17-year-old can be seeking to enhance on her PB’s of 14.02s and 60.00s when she steps onto the world stage.

Nicola Tuthill – Hammer Throw

Tuthill returned from a long-term damage to win gold within the Hammer Throw on the Nationwide Junior Championships in July throwing 57.07m. The Bandon girl fractured and dislocated her elbow whereas competing for Eire on the European Throwing Cup in March.

Tuthill received the Nationwide Senior title again in 2020 on the stage of 17 and has since gone on to file a PB of 61.55m at Morton Stadium final 12 months. Her season’s better of 60.92m was set in February earlier than her damage and she or he can be hoping to enhance it almost six months later in Cali.

Reece Ademola – Lengthy Leap

Ademola is one other member of the group who has received nationwide senior medals at such a younger age. The Leevale athlete received a silver medal on the Nationwide Indoor Championships in February and has progressed massively this summer season.

Ademola jumped a brand new PB of seven.68m on the Cork Metropolis Sports activities initially of July which propelled him to fifth on the Irish senior All-Time checklist for the occasion. He additionally received gold just lately on the Nationwide Junior Championships in Tullamore setting a brand new Championship file. Ademola can be seeking to get near the Nationwide U20 Report of seven.73m set by Ciaran McDonagh in 1995.

Medal Hopes

Nick Griggs might be Eire’s finest shot at a medal as the one non-African within the worlds high ten within the occasion this 12 months. Different athletes can be touring to the championships and can acquire invaluable expertise. If they might get by heats something can occur in additional levels. Reece Ademola is an athlete price following carefully. Just one Irishman has solely ever jumped over 8m within the occasion and whereas it will not occur in Colombia, Ademola might be dreaming that he might grow to be the second someday.

Group Eire – Schedule

Day 1 – 1st August

07:45pm Reece Ademola Males’s Lengthy Leap (Qualifying)
01:55am (Aug 2nd) Dean Casey Males’s 5000m (Remaining)

Day 2 – 2nd August

07:25pm Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 400mH (Heats)
08:30pm Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 100m (Heats)/ *12:15am (Aug third) Reece Ademola Males’s Lengthy Leap (Remaining)

Day 3 – third August

  • 05:11pm OR 06:38pm Nicola Tuthill Girls’s Hammer Throw (Qualifying Group A OR B)
  • *11:05pm Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 400mH (Semi Finals)
  • *12:05am (August 4th) Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 100m (Semi Finals)
  • *02:35am (August 4th) Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 100m (Remaining)

Day 4 – 4th August

  • 5:05pm Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 100mH (Heats)
  • 7:50pm Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 200m (Heats)
  • *12:15am Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 200m (Semi Finals)
  • *01:10am Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 400mH (Remaining)

Day 5 – fifth August

  • *11:05pm Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 100mH (Semi Finals)
  • *11:15pm Nicola Tuthill Girls’s Hammer Throw (Remaining)
  • *12:20am (Aug sixth) Lucy Might Sleeman Girls’s 200m (Remaining)
  • 01:00am (Aug sixth) Nick Griggs & Callum Morgan, Males’s 3,000m (Remaining)

Day 6 – sixth August

*11:40pm Lucy McGlynn Girls’s 100mH (Remaining)

* = Topic to athlete progressing

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