GLENGARRIFF’S Darragh McElhinney raced to a superb silver medal in the men’s U23 race at the European Cross-Country Championships in Dublin.
The 21-year-old was in sensational form over the 8000m at Abbotstown and he finished just four seconds behind the winner, Great Britain's Charlie Hicks.
McElhinney was magnificent and also played a leading role in helping the Ireland U23 men’s team race to a glorious gold.
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Ireland's Darragh McElhinney celebrates with his granny Una and brother Iarla after finishing second in the U23 8000m at the @SPARIreland European Cross Country Championships!! #FingalDublin2021 (? @tribryan) pic.twitter.com/eFZsoLBjjg
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‘I'm absolutely over the moon. I'm happy with second, I'm more than content but the fact that the team pulled it out of the bag, I'm buzzing,’ Darragh said.
‘Charlie made it hard, I did my best to stay with him. In the second lap I made the decision to sit back off him. Then in the second last lap I said to myself if I put it a hard lap in here, it's a medal guaranteed, so I ended up closing the gap with him, and we knew it would come down to a bit of a kick. It was a ridiculous race but I'm buzzing.’
Also, Newcestown teen Jane Buckley finished a superb 30th in the women's U20 4000m; this was Jane's first time representing Ireland.