Leon and Nina King Abor.
The penultimate weekend of the All Ireland Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday last, where once again Tullamore Harriers Stadium was the destination of choice for athletes from all over Ireland.
Day one saw the sprinters in action, with the King Abor siblings all hoping to emulate their younger brother’s bronze national sprint medal success from the previous weekend.
First to the track was Nina King Abor who ran a comfortable time of 10.53 in her heat of the u14 girls 80m sprint to qualify for the final, while brother Leon ran a fine 11.70 to easily qualify for the final of the boys u16 100m.
Older brother Graham was unlucky not to qualify for the final of the boys u17 100m, where a recurring hamstring injury saw him pull up with just metres to go to the line.
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In only his first national championship, Leinster u15 100m champion, Sean Strattan, won his heat of the 100m in a super quick 12.51, to ensure his place in the final.
As the sun continued to beat down, the young athletes had plenty of time to rehydrate and rest in the shade before their finals and then it was back to the track for some exhilarating races.
Nina got things off to a great start, with a super-fast run over the 80m distance, clocking a time of 10.46s, where it was a photo finish between her and Okwu Backari from Leevale AC, with Nina being awarded the third place position, and the National bronze medal.
Sean Strattan was then facing the tough challenge of his final, with all competitors vying for podium places. A false start by another athlete saw the eight young men recalled to the start line, always an unsettling beginning to any race, but Sean certainly gave it his all, finishing in a fine fourth place overall, in a super time of 12.34, just a mere .02 of a second behind third place.
Leon King Abor was next to the track and the pressure was on to perform, having seen his two younger siblings both take home bronze national medals, and he certainly didn't disappoint!
Once again it was a photo finish as Leon and his nearest competitor crossed the finish line to what appeared to be the same time, however, with the use of the electronic timing system, the result came through in quick time, with Leon awarded third place, again by just a .03 of a second, and the national bronze medal.
With three national medallists in the house, the King Abors certainly had some celebrating to do, but that would have to wait, as both Leon and Nina were back on the track the following day, this time to contest the longer 200m sprint!
Sunday began with the 200m qualifiers, where Nina was unlucky not to finish in a qualification place, despite a super start, showing she is definitely more suited to the shorter sprint distance.
Brother Leon had no such issues however, a super quick 24.08s saw him sail across the line in first place, securing his place in the final.
While Leon took to the shade to rest and recover, it was onto the field events, where Max Kingston competed against the best in the land in the u15 boys Shot Put. Against tough competition, he gave it his all, finishing in 12th position with best throw of 7.81m, using the 3kg shot.
Euan Canniffe also faced fierce competition in the u17 boys discus, where a 27.09m throw saw him finish in sixth place overall.
Back to the track for the 200m finals, Leon settled into the blocks ready to fight for a medal position, a terrific start from this talented young man saw him up in fourth position as they took the bend, and some strong running over the final 30m saw him move up to third position, holding on all the way to the finish line, and another National bronze medal.
With seven National individual Medals from this year’s Track & Field Championships for Boyne AC, and hopefully more to come with the B Championships and relay finals this coming weekend, the future is certainly looking bright for this strong local club.