Dixon dominates in National Championship
Cormac Dixon of Tallaght AC celebrates winning the Under 17 Boys 3000m at the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. Photo by Sam Barnes/ Sportsfile

Dixon dominates in National Championship

TALLAGHT Athletic Club’s Cormac Dixon stormed to victory in the Under 17 3000m Final at the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore last weekend.

The young emerging middle-distance talent, who is due to depart for Slovakia on June 22 to represent Ireland in the European Youth Olympic Festival 3000m, was in dominant form, dictating the pace from the start.

And he maintained that early lead throughout the seven-and-a half-lap contest, crossing the line unopposed in a new personal best time of 8:40.42, which was almost six seconds faster than his previous best.

Others in action for Tallaght at the National Championships included Mason Mitchell, who finished fourth in the Under 12 60m and Abdullahi Adeleke who took sixth in the Under 14 80m.

In the Under 15 Discus Final, Marcus Mitchell finished fourth with a throw of 26.23m while Sliabh O’Brien took 10th place in the Under 14 1500m in which he clocked a time of 4:49.56.

Uche Disu finished fifth in her Under 17 100m in 13.20 and Nadislane Kabongo followed suit in both the Under 19 100m (13.28) and 200m (27.22) finals.

David Aigboboh recorded a time of 11.46 on his way to third place in the Under 19 100m heats while younger brother Sean had to withdraw from the Under 18 100m final due to a pulled hamstring after having won his heat.

Gilbert Kaleta clocked 11.91 and 24.66 respectively in 100m and 200m heats and Matvey Ignatyev recorded a time of 53.82 when taking fourth in Under 19 400m.

Elsewhere, Tomas Fitzpatrick enjoyed a good comeback in the Irish Runner National 10-Mile Road Race Championships in the Phoenix Park on Sunday.

He came home sixth overall with a time of 00:54:45 while Tara Darcy finished eighth overall and runner-up in the Women’s Over 35 division in a time of 1:09.96.

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