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Galway Olympian McDonnell Breaks 10 Year Old U23 National 200m Record

ByEmma Porter |

Olympian Robert McDonnell (Galway City Harriers) has broken the National U23 Outdoor 200m Record, clocking a time of 20.51 while competing at the IFAM (International Flanders Athletic Meeting) Outdoor in Belgium this afternoon. The 19-year-old takes the record from Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) who set the record 10 years ago on June 14th, 2012, in Slovenia at 20.57. 

McDonnell has had a stellar year so far in the 200m, with a top spot podium finish at each race he’s competed in so far; including the Belfast Millers Meet in recent weeks where he set a PB of 20.61, as well as winning the Irish Senior Indoor 200m Championship title in February.

You can find the link to the results and the live stream by clicking: https://www.athleticsireland.ie/news/olympian-robert-mcdonnell-set-u23-200m-record

Jack Raftery (Donore Harriers) joins the all-time Irish 400m fastest list, after his win at the IFAM in Belgium today. The 21-year-old ran the 400m in 46.17 to make his way onto the list in 10th position pushing Olympian Cillin Greene (Galway City Harriers) off the spot by 0.01.

Other IFAM Performances:

The women’s 4x400m Team came second with a time of 3:37.65, Belgium won the race with a time of 3:34.93. Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) was first out of the blocks for the team followed by Olympian Sophie Becker (Raheny Shamrock AC) who also secured an individual 400m PB time of 51.3 coming second in that race, followed by Sinead Tracy (Craughwell AC) with Nessa Millet (St Abbans AC) taking the final leg home for the team.

Olympian Mark English (Finn Valley AC) won the 800m Men’s Race in a 1:46.61, just shy of his 1:44.71 PB.

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