More success for Kate O’Connor

Dundalk athlete Kate O’Connor showed why she is considered one of the hottest prospects in Irish athletics with another sensational performance at the English Senior and U20 Championships in Sheffield on Sunday. Kate secured gold medals in both the U20 and Senior heptathlon over the weekend whilst also breaking her own Irish indoor pentathlon record.
Kate set that record in Estonia last year with a score of 4150 but thanks to some excellent performances she increased her own record by 24 points to set a new national best of 4174 points. The talented St Gerard’s AC athlete enjoyed a stellar year on the track in 2018 finishing eighth in the Commonwealth Games in Australia for Northern Ireland where she was the youngest competitor to participate as well as setting that Irish Senior record for the heptathlon. Judging by last weekend’s performance 2019 could be even more special for the Dundalk pentathlete.
With two events left Kate recorded the longest jump with a leap of 5.98 (843pts) taking her to 3372pts – a lead of 63 point from English athlete Alice Hopkins who was just 1cm behind with 5.97 (840pts).
Kate clocked a 2:21.62 (802pts) to move to 4174 – a title winning mark. UK athlete Ellen Barber came around the four laps in 2:20.90 (811pts) to score 4,020 and go second but there was no catching the Dundalk athlete who reigned supreme after some excellent performances over the five events.
Eighteen-year old Kate has plenty on her plate in 2019 with the St Vincent’s Secondary School student due to sit her Leaving Certificate in June. She will then head stateside next August having received a scholarship from the University of Texas.

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