Silver medals for superb Longford athletes Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah at the National Senior Championships

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Outstanding Longford athletes Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips, silver medal winners at the National Senior Track and Field Championships at Santry Stadium on Sunday

A superb achievement for Longford athletes Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah who both won silver medals at the National Senior Track & Field Championships at Santry Stadium on Sunday.

Having won Saturday’s heat, Cian lined up in the 800m final full of confidence and boosted by the absence of international athlete Mark English.

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After a relatively slow opening lap, the pace upped considerably in the final 300m with Cian moving up a place into second coming around the last bend before finishing strongly in 1:52.78 behind winner Harry Purcell (Trim AC). This excellent performance backed up 18-year-old Cian’s 5th place in a very competitive 1500m the previous week.

Nelvin’s second place in the 110m hurdles final was a great achievement in an event he would be somewhat inexperienced in. He clocked a time of 14.77 behind winner Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick on Shannon AC). Nelvin’s performance sets him up well for a good showing in the hurdles at the National Junior T+F next Saturday. Versatile Nelvin (19) had a 5th place finish in the high jump on the first weekend of the senior championships.

Aaron Kelly produced a PB run in the 200m. Aaron crossed the line in 5th place in his heat with a time of 23.53 which also placed him 5th best overall under 23 athlete in the event.

The three lads performed admirably, often against more experienced opponents, over the past two weekends representing Longford Athletics Club with great distinction.

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