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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Silver success for John at ploughing worlds

Éamonn Tracey (Ireland), John Whelan (Ireland), joined by other top winners with their awards
Éamonn Tracey (Ireland), John Whelan (Ireland), joined by other top winners with their awards

David Looby

It was a case of second best in the world again for Ballycullane ploughman John Whelan at the world championships in America at the weekend.

The achievement in the scorching heat of Minnesota saw Whelan maintain his standing as one of the best reversible ploughmen on the planet after he won the Grassland competition outright, while he placed fifth in the Stubble competition.

Whelan came second in the World Ploughing Championships last year, and having put in intensive training and preparations over recent months he had his sights set on a first place trophy, but just came up short.

The father-of-four was part of a two man team, including former world champion conventional ploughman Éamonn Tracey from Carlow, whose wife Ailish runs Ailish's beauty salon in New Ross.

The friends flew out to Minnesota in early August ahead of the world championships to acclimatise to conditions and get some practise sessions in.

Tracey came second, winning a silver medal overall this year, having won the competition outright in 2018. Whelan won the world championships in Canada in 2013 and again in Kenya three years ago. There was great excitement as Anna-Marie McHugh presented the awards to both men in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Whelan was awarded a gold medal in the Grassland competition category and Tracey won gold in Conventional Grassland section.

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