Daniel Ryan, Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. finished an excellent 11th place in the Decathlon at the European Youth Track & Field Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July.
Competing in almost 40 degrees heat in his second ever Decathlon, Ryan posted a new personal best with his final score of 6752 points, an increase of almost 200 points on his score in Somerset in April.
He also ran a season’s best of 14.45 in the 110m Hurdles & posted 4 new personal bests in the 100m (11.23), 400m (52.18), 1500m (5.01.29) & Discus producing the longest throw of the competition with 47.27m.
Having moved up & down the rankings during the competition, his best placing was 3rd after the 7th event (Discus) but average performances in his final three events (Pole Vault, Javelin & 1500m) saw his points score down on what he would have liked to achieve.
Daniel will take away this very valuable experience & build on it over the Winter for next season when he hopes to attain the Decathlon standard for the European Junior Championships which will be held in Italy in July 2017.
The Decathlon is a ten event competition held over two days. Events on the first day are the 100m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, High Jump & 400m & second day events are 110mH, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin & 1500m.
Daniel would like to thank his coaches Garry Power (Throws), Eamon Flanagan (Pole Vault/High Jump) & Brid Golden (Hurdles/Long Jump/Sprints) for all their help over the year, his parents Jim & Aisling & his siblings David, Jack, Dillon & Anna, his physiotherapists Karen Coughlan, Cahir Physiotherapy & Paul Carragher, Athletics Ireland, his Club, Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C. & also Martin Leyden & Templemore A.C. for the use of their excellent training facilities.