Former world U20 champion wins Irish gold with dominant 39:52.05 performance, while Sean Tobin takes 10,000m title after previous week’s memorable 1500m silver
Callum Wilkinson’s move to Ireland to be coached by 2013 world 50km race walk champion Rob Heffernan is clearly working for him as he broke the British 10,000m race walk record to win the Irish title in Dublin on Saturday.
The 2016 world under-20 champion, who is now based in Cork, clocked 39:52.05 for a dominant win ahead of his training partners David Kenny and Brendan Boyce.
Wilkinson’s time takes an impressive 14 seconds off Ian McCombie’s 31-year-old UK record mark.
Reflecting on the past few months, he told Athletics Ireland: “We’ve done a lot of work. We’ve gone through our training exactly as we would as if we were competing at the Olympics.
“It’s fantastic that we can get back competing. I’ve waited a long time to represent my new club, Togher AC, so that was for them. Hopefully the first of many.
“Hopefully this is a stepping stone towards the 20km a bit later on in the year.”
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) August 29, 2020
In a Twitter update posted a little later, Wilkinson added: “Unreal to take the British record on a savage blustery day in Dublin.
“Can’t even start to describe how great it is to be able to be racing.”
Kate Veale won the women’s 5000m race walk in 24:51.49.
📺 Congrats to @SeanTobin94, one of the stars of last week’s 1500m showdown. He dropped the hammer today and took the 10,000m title in style at the @irishlifehealth @irishathletics National Championships. More to come tomorrow. Check back in the morning for links. 🏃🏼🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/wv5YbCZTXf
— nTrai (@nTrai1) August 29, 2020
There was a third senior women’s discus title for Niamh Fogarty thanks to her 49.46m throw, while Colin Quirke won men’s gold with 55.50m.
Saragh Buggy claimed her fifth consecutive triple jump title with a 12.97m leap, while the men’s win was secured by Jai Benson with a jump of 14.53m.