GALWAY ATHLETICS: DOUBLE GOLD AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 

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Sean Breathnach and Alanna Lally were crowned champions at the National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships over the weekend. 

Held in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on Saturday and Sunday, Jerry Keary was also among the medals after taking silver in the Men’s High Jump.

Thirty-nine-year-old Breathnach hit a national record of 18.30 metres on his way to defeating John Kelly in the Shot Putt competition.  The Connemara man always looked in control as the topped the field that included his brother Michael (4th) and Galway City Harrier’s Brendan Staunton (7th).

Lally, now competing for UCD AC, took a first senior win to go with her impressive collection of underage titles.  She came home for the gold medal in the Women’s 800 metres in a time of two minutes 8.71 seconds, three seconds ahead of Siobhan Eviston.

Craughwell’s Keary made it a hat-trick of medals coming west as his jump of 1.90 metres was enough to secure second spot in the High Jump, finishing behind Barry Pender who hit a height of 2.24 metres.

Other Galway participants to leave their mark included Ballinasloe’s Veronica Burke who finish just outside the top three taking fourth place in the Ladies three kilometre walk, just 10 seconds behind bronze medalist Orla O’Connor.

Craughwell’s Sinead Gaffney produced a club record of two minutes 19 seconds in the women’s 800 metre final. And NUIG’s Damien Landers finished well taking fifth place in the Men’s 1,500 metres.