Gallagher delivers the goods in Glasgow

Gallagher delivers the goods in Glasgow

Shaun Gallagher sprinted to a fantastic bronze medal in the U15 400m in Glasgow at the weekend. In his first time ever competing in this event, Shaun ran 65.66 in his heat to qualify as 5th fastest for the final, marginally ahead of his brother Brendan in the other heat. 

Panic spread when the final was called as we hadn’t realised Shaun had qualified. A bit of inexperience on the part of the coaches! Perhaps it suited Shaun as he had no time to get nervous. Nursing an injury, he went onto the track. One of his competitors suggested he shouldn’t run if he was sore, something which made Shaun all the more determined to run.

With 5 in the final, Shaun was given the dreaded outside lane because the others had faster qualifying times. The outside lane has a 45o slope on it on the two bends on the Kelvin Hall track, making it very difficult to run on it without falling down into the next lane. “Bang” and the final was off. Shaun blazed off like a man possessed. As he approached the break line around 180m, he was in 3rd place by a good 6m.

Drawing on a tank of energy he previously didn’t know he had, Shaun found a 2nd gear and hanmmered on to take the bronze medal in a super time of 62.28 seconds – an amazing 3 seconds faster than his heat time. The Craughwell crowd went ecstatic with delight. I can’t say whose birthday it was, but suffice to say that no mum ever got a better birthday present than Shaun’s medal!

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