O'Connor Breaks Irish Pentathlon Record In First Competition After Commonwealth Games
07 January 2019
Kate O’Connor (Dundalk AC / Kerr, McMullen, O’Connor, Reynolds) came back from injury with a bang at the weekend when she dominated the Senior Women’s Pentathlon and broke her own Irish Record for the third time in the space of a year at the England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield.
The former Youth Academy and now Commonwealth Potential athlete began her day with an encouraging 60m Hurdles of 9.14 followed by a winning 1.74m in the High Jump which left her in 5th place after two events. It was at this stage that Kate really came to life and put her mark on the competition adding almost 40cm to her Shot Putt best and breaking the 13m barrier in the process, with 13.27m.
She further increased her lead on the field by taking a dramatic last round victory in the Long Jump with an indoor PB of 5.98m. Kate finished off the day with a strong 2:21.62 in the 800m giving her a total of 4174 points, some 24 points ahead of her record set in Tallinn last February.
There were also strong performances from Sarah Connolly (North Down AC / Rafer Joseph) who was in the mix for the lead early on after impressive hurdles (8.80) and high jump performances (1.71m) and Laura Frey (Lagan Valley) who had a PB in the LJ of 5.15m, both athletes finished 11th (3566 points) and 14th (3281 points & PB) respectively.
On day 1 of the championships Youth Academy Athlete, Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn / Maureen McCauley) performed well in her first Pentathlon with senior implements. Anna had PBs in the 60m Hurdles with 9.10, High Jump with an excellent 1.73m and Shot with 10.26m finishing an impressive 4th place in the U20 Women’s competition with a score of 3685 points.
Elsewhere this weekend…
At the BMC Indoor Grand Prix in Sheffield Former Youth Academy Athlete Callum Crawford-Walker (Annadale Striders/ Craig Winrowe) set an impressive PB when winning the Men’s C 1500m in 3:57.02 while England U15 800m Champion, Victoria Lightbody (City of Lisburn AC / Andrea Anderson) finished 4th in the Women’s A race with 2:19.63.