Geraldine Finegan won the most medals taking home 7 gold and 2 silver medals. The first event was the 2000m steeple chase which was scheduled the same day as the 400m hurdles, so I had to take it easy and just go for a win instead of going to break a record which was my original plan as I had a fall at the last World Championships I know I can do a better time if I stay clear of trouble in the race. I won the Steeplechase which was held at 9am so I had enough time to recover with the 400m Hurdles final at 5pm. I won that easily so slowed down over the last 150m to keep my energy for the next day which was the high jump. I was placed 4th but the pain in the hip from sciatica and a tight periformis muscle didn’t help much especially when I was taking off. I had visit daily to the physiotherapist on site a young man called Marco from Italy who was excellent at fractioning the area and releasing the contracted muscles. A Big thank you to him for following up on the work already started by Thomas Gillen from Mourne Chiropractic clinic in Newry. The next day feeling looser from the clinics great work I won the 400m with an exciting finish between myself and Estonia, Venezuela and a Czech girl, as I came from 4th place and only passed all 3 girls in the last 100m to win by a second in 63.12. Running directly from one part of the track to another Geraldine competed in the Pole-vault event for the first time at International level. She had received fantastic coaching training from the top Icelandic athlete Christian Gisssurarson which paid off with the flying Finegan taking second place and a New National record in the event.
The 80m Hurdles was next with a close finish from a very tall Italian and a fast fading Valentina Kreptekina taking third place in 13.79. The final time was very close in 13.10 and Italy in 13.25 I only finished with a hair and a tenth to spare.
The final day had 4 events scheduled first was the 800m. The night before the rain came down in buckets and the night sky was full of lightning and thunder, I had hoped it would clear for a nice bright day but unfortunately not the case. It was very wet dull and windy and this delayed the start of the programme with organizers wondering what to do with such bad circumstances. The show must go on, and so it did with great displays of speed and determination as one lady over 86 broke a world record another from Ireland was on her way to her 6th gold medal winning the 800m with 2 seconds to spare. The triple jump was next which although the Russian athlete Kreptikina seemed a clear favourite as she is world record holder she was within striking distance with only 20cm separating the Irish Super-woman and The unbeatable Russian. It was not to be and another silver medal was to follow for Geraldine.
Geraldine then was selected to run the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays running the last leg to win 2 more gold medals against the top Russian team with Germany in Third place.
That totalled 7 gold medals and 2 Silver and one Irish Record a great way to end the season. Geraldine would like to thank her sponsors and Mazu Gold a great food supplement to which she credits her phenomenal recovery rate to.
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