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Dynamic duo set Ardee AC off on eight medal haul

Conor McMahon and Darren Weldon.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee & District Athletic Club enjoyed another stellar weekend of competitive action over the last number of days with the club earning eight medals across two tournaments in Lourdes Stadium and Tullamore.

On Thursday, Darren Weldon and Conor McMahon accounted for five of those all by themselves as they excelled at the Louth Junior, Senior and Masters Championships in Drogheda. The dynamic duo took home medals in every competition they competed in.


Weldon first took to the field to take part in the senior men’s shot put. He threw 7.59m to claim the bronze medal. competed in the senior men’s shot put and javelin and Conor McMahon competed in the junior boys 100m, 200m and long jump.

Throwing a 7.26kg is a mighty fest but Darren took it in his stride and with a best of 7.59m was worthy of the bronze medal for 3rd. While other athletes were throwing personal bests in the javelin, Darren didn’t need to. His throw was enough to see his top the podium of the senior men’s competition.

Elsewhere on the track, McMahon enjoyed progressively more success as the evening ran on. He ran 25.49 sec in the 200m to finish third, before he won silver with a new personal best in the 100m, He ran a superb sub 12 at 11.99 sec. In the long jump, Conor’ s leap of 6.07m saw him justly rewarded with the gold medal for first place.

The teenager was back in action at the weekend, this time back in Tullamore at the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships . As reported on ThisIsArdee.ie, all of the young athletes competing reached this stage by having qualified from their provincial championships. Places here were very coveted.

The weather was as you’d expect on a July afternoon, and Jonathan Commins was the first to shine for the Ardee club. He took his place among the top throwers in the country for the U17 shot put and after starting well, he finished in third place. Jonathan was back out again in the afternoon as he competed in the 100m hurdles. After comfortably gaining a place in the final, he ran well to finish 6th.

Out in the cage in the outer field, Sian Motharim took part in the Under 15 hammer throw. Sian’s best of 25.06m saw her finish in a very impressive sixth place. Conor McMahon was the last athlete in action on Saturday, running in the boys Under 18 110m hurdles. Despite running well, Conor hit the last hurdle and was thus denied a place in the final. Conor was then placed fifth overall in the long jump, with a best jump of 6.07m.

James Maguire, left, won a medal in his ever national competition.

The club’s final two medals of the weekend arrived during Sunday’s events. James Maguire, who was competing in his first ever National finals, took part in the boys U13 long jump and excelled himself. Running into the wind James leaped a mighty 4.72m. for second place. He stood proudly beside the winner on the podium to receive his silver national medal.

Kya Mothiram was also on the podium soon after. Kya competed in the girls Under 12 shot put. She certainly proved she’s a force to be reckoned with as she took the last podium spot to receive her bronze medal. Sister Sian, fresh from Saturday’s hammer was competing in the Under 15 discus and shot. Sian did very well to finished ninth in the discus and 10th in the shot – amidst some very strong competitors.

Kya Mothriam won silver in the Under 12 shot put on Sunday.

Commins also was back in Tullamore for a second day competing, this time in the boys Under 17 400m. Running a very tight heat Jonathan missed out on a place in the final by 100ths of a second.

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