Gold success for Oliver

Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

NORTHERN Ireland’s largest athletics competition, the firmus energy Fab 5, returned to the Mary Peters Track with a bang, welcoming a record 386 athletes all vying for a place on the podium.

It was a good night for Ballymena and Antrim AC athlete Oliver Beatty who finished top of the leaderboard in the U13 Boys Long Jump with an impressive jump of 4.14m.

He also managed to secure a second medal on the night, claiming a silver in the 100m U13 Boys Race.

The athletics series also saw a record breaking performance by competitor Arnar Brynjarsson (City of Lisburn AC) who broke the Icelandic U15 100m record in 11.27 seconds.

Beatty finished top of the leaderboard in the U13 Boys Long Jump with an impressive jump of 4.14m. Oliver was followed in the Long Jump by Isaac Orr who took second place and Uilleac Fitzpatrick who finished in third.

Oliver claimed silver in the 100m U13s Boys Race, being pipped to the post by Jay Small, with Uilleac Fitzpatrick coming third.

The series, organised by Lagan Valley Athletics Club, which lists Olympian Ciara Mageean and Paralympian gold medalist Michael McKillop among their alumni returned for its 30th year and will run from April through to September.

Ciara Magill, firmus energy, attended the opening event and said:

“The record number of both participants and spectators at the first event in this series demonstrates just how popular it is amongst aspiring athletes across Northern Ireland and Ireland. Athletes of all ages and abilities took part for the first time since the pandemic.

“This series is a key event in the sporting calendar for many local ambitious athletes who have been impacted by the lack of events due to Covid-19 in the last two years. The return of the Fab Five Series is great to see, not only for our athletes but for those who come along and take part as a hobby or just for fun”.

Online registration for the next event in the firmus energy Fab 5 Series is now open. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.athleticsni.org/Fixtures/

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