TWO North Tyrone athletes are currently enjoying a well-earned break after smashing an Irish record apiece at the 21st World Double Decathlon Championships in Belgium over the weekend.
Mark McBrearty, a member of Newtownstewart GAA Club’s senior panel, earned a total of 6915 points after the 20 events to finish 10th overall and set a new Irish senior mark, while Strabane native Trevor McGlynn broke the masters record by almost 900 points, by totaling 6213 at the weekend, despite picking up an injury on day one.
Over the two day event, the pair tackled the 100 metres, long jump, 200 metres hurdles, shot put, 5,000 metres, 800 metres, high jump, 400 metres, hammer throw, 3,000 metres steeple chase, 110 metres hurdles, discus throw, 200 metres, pole vailt, 3,000 metres, 400 metres hurdles, javeline throw, 1,500 metres, triple jump and 10,000 metres!
To simplify, they have to do all 18 Olympics track and field disciplines, plus a flat 3,000 metres and a 200 metres over hurdles in two days to complete the double decathlon!
At the end of an exhausting weekend, Trevor, the reigning European champion, admitted that he was pleased by his and Mark’s performances over the weekend because they had achieved pretty much what they hoped to before the event.
“I picked up an injury on day one so I’m happy that I broke the old masters record by around 900 points,” he explained. “I had to cut back on the effort on day two because of the injury, so I was about 1,000 points short of where I hoped I’d be if I was fit.
“If I’d got the 7200 points I was targeting before hand I’d have been in with a shout of a bronze medal, but there’s always next time! I didn’t finish at the Worlds the first time I did them in 2004, so this was on the bucket list.
“Mark is great at the endurance events and to finish 10th in the seniors is great. We didn’t say anything before hand but we had hoped to break the Irish records, so it worked out well.”
The pair will take a couple of weeks off from training to recover before concentrating on the indoor season over the winter when they will tackle their favourite individual events, but also, possibly, the Indoor Pentathlon Championships in Dublin in January, while Trevor is hopeful of competing at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Madrid in March and possibly the World Indoor Championships in Finland in April.
Posted: 11:25 am August 31, 2017