Glengarriff teenager produces superb run
DARRAGH McElhinney was in record-breaking form again on Saturday night.
The Glengarriff teenager, who just sat his Leaving Cert exams, showed his immense talent once more when he smashed the Irish junior 3000m record in Watford with a stunning run of 8:01.47, taking three seconds off the previous record.
It was another huge PB too for the Bantry AC star, who took 17 seconds off his old personal best as he surged to a sensational win.
This comes just five weeks after the 18-year-old broke another national record when he became the first Irish teenager ever to run under 14 minutes for 5000m. He ran 13:54.10 when he finished second in a race at the IFAM meet in Oordegem, Belgium. That was a race he described as ‘close to perfection as I have ever got'.
In July Darragh is gunning for a big race when he competes in the 5000m at the European U20 Championships in Sweden. That’s the big one, the competition he has been working towards for a long time.