Limerick's Neville bids for relay glory at World juniors

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


Limerick's Neville bids for relay glory at World juniors

LIMERICK athlete Ciara Neville ran a storming anchor leg to help the Ireland women’s 4x100m relay team reach Saturday’s final at the World U-20 Athletics Championship in Poland.

Neville, of Emerald AC, produced a strong finish to help Ireland finish second in their heat in 45.09 and gain automatic qualification for the prestigious final in Bydgoszcz.

Germany won the heat in a time of 44.73 with the top three teams advancing to the final.

Also included in the Ireland relay team was the highly promising Sharlene Mawdsley, of Newport.

The final of the 4x100m relay at the World Junior Championships tales place at 5.50pm Irish time this Saturday.

Castletroy College student Ciara Neville was a semi-finalist in the European Youths Athletic Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia last week.

The 16-year-old claimed gold in the 100m at the European Youth Olympic festival in Tbilisi last year.

Neville has been in excellent form this summer. The talented Limerick athlete claimed silver in the Junior 100m and bronze in the 200m at the GloHealth National Junior and U-23 Championships in Tullamore earlier this month.

The teenager also claimed gold in the intermediate 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for Castletroy College at the All-Ireland Schools Track and Field finals in Tullamore last month.