Catherine comes sixth in Club Throw final
CATHERINE O'NEILL finished sixth in the F31/32/51 Club Throw final at the I.P.C. World Championships in Lyon on Wednesday last. A silver medal winner in Christchurch, the New Ross woman - who is also a two-time discus world champion - was unable to build on a solid start.
This was a hugely-competitive event however, with numerous renowned high-class performers, as evidenced by the two world records, American record, three P.B's and two S.B's produced by a field of 15.
With a variety of classifications competing, the competition is decided by points awarded rather than the distance of the throws. Each athlete throws the club on three consecutive occasions initially, and O'Neill improved each time to record a high of 896 points for a 13.34m effort. That placed her in sixth, 55 points off a medal.
The top eight returned for a second series of three throws but the 37-year-old never got close to bettering her mark and challenging ultimate gold medal winner, Maroua Ibrahmi of Tunisia. It was another creditable major championship performance from the experienced Wexford woman however, having finished fifth in the F51/52/53 discus final earlier in the week.