MARCUS Lawler has been named on a strong looking Irish squad for the upcoming European Championships in August.
The Tokyo Olympian will compete in two events, the 200m and the 4x100m relay. Lawler has had a busy season and has spent much of it competing at the longer distance of 400m but these championships, to be held in Munich from 15-21 August, were always his target.
Elsewhere, previous European championship medal winners Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC), Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn AC), and Mark English (Finn Valley 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 (all previously selected) which also includes Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) and Ann Marie McGlynn (Letterkenny AC).
McCormack will be joined in Munich by fellow Tokyo Olympians Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea AC), Sarah Healy (UCD AC), Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC), David Kenny (Farranfore Maine Valley AC), Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley AC), Chris O’Donnell (North Sligo AC), Eilish Flanagan (Finn Valley AC), Leon Reid (Menapians AC), Michelle Finn (Leevale AC), and Alex Wright (Leevale AC), along with Lawler (Clonliffe Harriers).
The team also includes an excellent blend of developing athletes including Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St. Gerards AC), and the recent record-breaking UCD pair of Darragh McElhinney and Israel Olatunde.
Speaking at the 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”.
|*Fionnuala McCormack||Marathon||Kilcoole AC||Alan McCormack|
|Rhasidat Adeleke||400m & 4x400m Relay||Tallaght AC||Edrick Floreal|
|Thomas Barr||400mH||Ferrybank AC||Drew & Hayley Harrison|
|David Kenny||20km Walk||Farranfore Maine Valley||Robert Heffernan|
|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|
|Chris O’Donnell||400m||North Sligo AC||Benke Blomqvist|
|Sarah Lavin||100mH||Emerald AC||Noelle Morrissey|
|Mark English||800m||Finn Valley AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|Luke McCann||1500m||UCD AC||Clark McCann|
|Hiko Haso||10,000m||DSD AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|*Brendan Boyce||35km Walk||Finn Valley AC||Robert Heffernan|
|Brian Fay||5000m||Raheny Shamrocks AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|Darragh McElhinney||5000m||UCD AC||Emmett Dunleavy|
|Andrew Coscoran||1500m||Star of the Sea AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|Eilish Flanagan||3000mSC||Finn Valley AC||Damon Martin|
|Michelle Finn||3000mSC||Leevale AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|Efrem Gidey||10,000m||Clonliffe Harriers AC||Peter McDermott|
|*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|
|John Fitzsimons||800m||Kildare AC||Joe Ryan|
|*Ann Marie McGlynn||Marathon||Letterkenny AC||Emmett Dunleavy|
|*Hugh Armstrong||Marathon||Ballina AC||Feidhlim Kelly|
|Sophie Becker||400m & 4x400m Relay||Raheny Shamrock AC||Jeremy Lyons & Gerard O’Donnell|
|Marcus Lawler||200m & 4x100m Relay||Clonliffe Harriers AC||Shane McCormack|
|Alex Wright||35km Walk||Leevale AC||Lauren Wright|
|Israel Olatunde||100m & 4x100m Relay||UCD AC||Daniel Kilgallon|
|Roisin Flanagan||5000m||Finn Valley AC||Damon Martin|
|Eric Favors||Shot Put||Raheny Shamrock AC||Dane Miller|
|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|
|Joseph Ojewumi||4x100m Relay||Tallaght AC||Daniel Kilgallon|
|Mark Smyth||4x100m Relay||Raheny Shamrock AC||Kay Bannon|
|Colin Doyle||4x100m Relay||Leevale AC||Alan Mahoney|
|Leon Reid||4x100m Relay||Menapians AC||James Hillier|
|Paul Costelloe||Non-travelling reserve – 4x100m Relay||Emerald AC||Liam O’Hora|
|Kelly McGrory||Non-travelling reserve – 4x400m Relay||Tir Chonall AC||Drew & Hayley Harrison|