Sunday, September 13, 2020
One of the rising stars of Irish athletics, Mayo’s Joanne Loftus, has picked up one of her most significant results to date, at the AAI All-Ireland Junior Championships in Dublin today (Sunday).

Joanne Loftus, seen winning the Junior Mile at the Morton Games last year, finished second in the 3,000m at the All-Ireland Junior Championships on Sunday afternoon. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Joanne, who is a member of Moy Valley AC in Ballina and a student at Gortnor Abbey Secondary School in Crossmolina, turned in a hugely gutsy performance in the women’s 3,000 metres at the Morton Stadium in Santry.
It looked for most of the last lap that the Mayo teen was even going to slip by the shoulder of race leader Siobhan Whelan and take gold, however, the Tipperary runner, to her credit, managed to fend off Joanne’s stern challenge to win the race in a time of 10:02.48, with the Mayo runner – a recipient of a Western People Mayo Sports Star award earlier this year – finishing less than a second behind in 10:03.22. Aoife O’Cull from St Coca’s AC was a further four seconds back in the bronze medal position.

A battle to the finish in the Junior Women’s 3,000m final at the Irish Life Health Junior & Combined events day…

Posted by Athletics Ireland on Sunday, September 13, 2020

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