Irish athletics have a new rising star in the 400m hurdles after 16-year-old Fintan Dewhirst won silver at the European Under-18 Championships in Jerusalem, Israel today.
The Tír Chonaill athlete made a stunning breakthrough in the final to break the Ireland U18 record with a 51.65.
That was almost a second quicker than the previous record of 52.58 he set in Tuesday’s heats and put him behind Norway’s Bastian Elnan Aurstad, who led a U18 world lead in 50.89. Dewhirst was the last Irish competitor to play at the Championships and the only medalist of the 20-man team.
Earlier in the day, Elizabeth Ndudi was seventh in the girls’ long jump final with a personal best of 6.10m, while Andrew Glennon was 14th in the boys’ 10,000m.
Elsewhere, Anne Gilshinan and Mark O’Shea completed the middle distance doubles for Ireland at the World Masters Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Gilshinan, 58, a native of Cavan, who now runs for Slaney Olympic in Wexford, won the W55 1500m with a time of 4:44.50, confirming her 800m victory last Friday. O’Shea, who runs for Drogheda & District, had won the M50 800m and confirmed it today with a convincing win in the 1500m in 4:18.92.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/athletics/fintan-dewhirst-wins-silver-in-400m-hurdles-at-european-u18-championships-41822788.html Fintan Dewhirst wins silver in the 400m hurdles at the European U18 Championships