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Written by Michael Tobin   
Saturday, 05 March 2005

Irish athletics enjoyed one of the most successful weekends in its history in the European Indoor Track and Field in Madrid, with Dubliner David Gillick taking the 400m title ahead of Spanish favourite David Canal and with South African born Alistar Cragg recording an emphatic victory in the 3000m final.

Athenry’s Paul Hession was the only representative from the west on the 16-strong Irish team and recorded a superb personal best of 20.80 to qualify from the 200m heats. This was 0.21 of a second faster than his previous best and makes him the 2nd fastest Irish man in history over the 200m indoor distance. Unfortunately, Hession’s chances of qualifying for the final were dealt a fatal blow by the lane draw for the semi-finals - with the Athenry man been given lane 3. It is notoriously difficult to qualify from the inside lanes due to the difficulty running the tight bends at speed and this was again proven in the semi-finals with Hession finishing 3rd and all of the qualifiers coming from lanes 5 and 6. Nevertheless, it was a very promising performance from Hession at the highest level (his heat time would have taken bronze in the final) and augurs well for the future of Irish athletics.

 

 
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