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29 Jun 2022

Donegal athletes set for international stage

Five Donegal athletes have been chosen for the Commonwealth Games and European Under-18 Championships

Finn Valley's Flanagan twins selected for European Cross Country Championships

Five Donegal athletes have been chosen for international competition.

Lifford-Strabane AC’s Finn O’Neill and Tir Chonaill AC’s Fintan Dewhirst have been confirmed as part of the Irish squad for the European Championships.

Finn Valley AC trio Sommer Lecky, Eilish Flanagan and Roisin Flanagan have been selected by Team NI for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

O’Neill, who recently smashed the Irish Under-18 decathlon record, will compete in the decathlon in Jerusalem. In Bedford, O’Neill racked up 6,838 points in an impressive performance.

Last weekend, Dewhirst set a new PB of 52.98 seconds to win the 400m hurdles at the Franconville Under-18 international in France.

Fintan Dewhirst in action. Photo: Sportsfile

The Glenties teenager has also been chosen on the Irish group for the Europeans, which take place from July 4-9.

Fifteen athletes have been selected for Team NI’s Commonwealth Games mission.

They include the 2019 World Under-20 silver and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist Lecky.

In 2018, the Castlederg high jumper, who is coached by Niall Wilkinson, finished 10th at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia.

The Flanagan twins, coached by Damon Martin in the United States, will also go with Eilish - who competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo - selected in the steeplechase and Roisin under starter’s orders for the 5000m.

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