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29 Jun 2022

Two Tipperary athletes will represent Ireland at European Under 18 championships

Sam O'Sullivan and Ava Rochford confirmed for next month's event in Jerusalem

Two Tipperary athletes will represent Ireland at European Under 18 championships

Clonmel's Sam O'Sullivan is one of two Tipperary athletes who have been selected to represent Ireland at next month's European Under 18 Championships in Jerusalem

Two Tipperary athletes are among 20 selected by Athletics Ireland to represent Ireland at the European Under 18 Championships in Jerusalem, Israel from July 4 to 7.

They are Clonmel's Sam O'Sullivan, who will compete in the 10,000 metres walk, and Ava Rochford from Nenagh, who will compete in the high jump.

Sam O'Sullivan is coached by Frank Lynch, while Martin O'Grady is Ava Rochford's coach.

The Irish team is representative of all the track and field disciplines including sprints, hurdles, middle distance, walks, jumps and throws, and all four provinces are represented.

Because of the pandemic, it has been four years since a European championship for this age group was staged, and this is the third edition of the European Athletics Under 18 Championships.

Some of the winners from the last edition in 2018, which were held in the Hungarian city of Győr, are already making an impact in senior international competition. 

They include Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson and Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who both set impressive championship bests in the 800 metres and high jump respectively four years ago and have quickly proved themselves to be formidable competitors in the senior ranks, despite their youth.

Both athletes won medals in their specialist events at last summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Irish team is wished all the best in Jerusalem.

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