Two athletes currently studying in DCU represented Ireland in the European Indoor Athletics Championships held in Glasgow on the 1st to the 3rd of March.
Cillín Greene made his senior debut on the international stage whilst Sophie Becker added to her 400m relay appearance in Berlin last summer, racing individually on this occasion with both athletes competing in the 400m.
Joseph Ojewumi also made his international debut in the 60m, with the DCU athlete competing for the college this year one year down after graduating last year.
Becker ran an excellent heat with a time of 53.99. Unfortunately it was not enough to see her through to the next round.
Greene was unfortunate in his race, being bounced around and ultimately falling over pre-race favourite Jan Tesar of the Czech Republic and was unable to finish his heat.
Despite his misfortune, Greene was thrilled to have represented his country.
“The experience was second to none. This wasn’t my first international competition, however. I have been at numerous international competitions at u18 and u20 level.
“Having said this, it was my first senior cap for Ireland which was a big step up from previous competitions at junior level. The whole atmosphere and mentality is completely different that usual.,” Greene told The College View.
Greene has high hopes for his future, with major international competitions on his agenda. “Short term hopes are aimed towards the European u23 championships in July which are in Sweden.
“I am unsure yet what my preference will be between 200m and 400m but closer to the time I’ll make a decision.
“Long term, the Olympics are always in mind, whether they are achievable is another question. They are so difficult to make but I guess that is every athlete’s dream goal so I will give it my best.”
Head of Sport and Wellbeing in the college James Galvin was proud of the achievement all three athletes from the college.
“I want to congratulate these athletes on their achievements at this early stage of their careers. This augurs well for their further development and their ambition to compete again on the international stage,” he said.
“Sophie raced to another sub 54 second run in her heat of the Ladies 400m while Joseph represented his country in the 60m. We are immensely proud of Sophie, Cillín and Joseph on this significant milestone in their career as we are of all our student athletes.”
Galvin hopes that this success can inspire further development within sports clubs in DCU, saying, “We in DCU are continuing to develop programmes and supports to ensure our talented athletes are developed in every way possible and I look forward to working with our clubs to further these aims.”
Greene himself sees the improvement in his training as the reason he has been able to make the leap to senior competition internationally, especially with getting used to the Dublin environment and a new training group.
“Taking the step into senior level has just come down to training intensifying and adopting a more serious mentality about the sport.
“The workload has certainly increased but I’m surrounded by the best athletes and coaches in the country and utilizing this has been the most important factor.”
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