Aimee Hayde

Newport's Hayde breaks Sonia's old record

Aimee Hayde enhanced further her status as a rising star of Irish athletics by breaking a 32 year old record set by legend Sonia O'Sullivan at the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Track & Field Championships in Cork IT last weekend.

The Newport AC athlete, representing St Mary's Secondary School Newport won the intermediate girls 800m on Saturday in a time of 2.07.74, which was also a European Youth Olympics qualification mark.

The time was also an improvement of four seconds on the previous record she set last year, it was also a new personal best in the distance.

Her time was also over three seconds faster than the Munster schools record of 2.10.09 set by Sonia O'Sullivan in 1987.

On Sunday, Hayde earned her second Munster title, winning the 1,500m in a time of 4.56.53.

There was also a gold medal for St Mary's Dara Kennedy in the Minor Boys 800m, winning the title with ease in a new PB of 2.07.33, narrowly missing out on breaking the 1992 championship record.

Nenagh Olympic AC had many representatives competing for schools locally and further afield.

Catriona Finn (St Mary's Nenagh) pick up a bronze medal in the Shot Putt. Also in the minor age group, Micheal Moylan (Nenagh College) finished fifth in a very fast 800m race.


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