Sean Cronin wins 1500m bronze as Ireland continue strong start at European Youth Olympic Festival

Sean Cronin finished third on the second day of racing for Team Ireland at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Banska Bystrica.

In what was a full day of action for the Irish athletes, the top performance athletes across the board performed and progressed through the rounds. EYOF is a multi-sport event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs from 25 to 30 July.


Sean Cronin took bronze in the boys’ 1500 meters with a time of 4:02.81, just behind Italy and Hungary. Delighted with his performance, the sixteen-year-old from Rush, Dublin, said,

“It was a busy race, more like rugby than athletics – we were swapping places for the whole thing, and on the last lap it was chaos straight down the back, but I was able to get into pretty good shape. Succeeded. Final turn. I gave it my all but could not reach the Italian and Hungarian chap in the end but was quite happy.

“I’m absolutely delighted, a great way to end the season. Couldn’t ask for much better. That’s what I expected in March when I was looking to get qualification time. I told the boys in training, I’m definitely going to get a medal. And now getting a medal is a great way to end the season, and I’m going into the cross country season. It’s just exciting, it’s where I want to be.”

Jesse Osas of Ratoth 6th In the boy’s 100 m heat with a new PB of 10.86. Speaking after the race, he said,

“Personally, I could have run better, but it’s a new PB, I came in sixth in the continent, I have nothing to complain about. I had high hopes, sixth place, I’ll still take it.

Sennen O’Reilly of Kona, Cork, finished with a time of 1:58.23 in the Boys 800m in an impressive run, qualifying him for the semi-finals the following Friday.

Cork’s Okwu Bakari finished eleventh in the final in the long jump with a 5.39.


In the boys’ singles, Dylan Noble received a walkover in his scheduled match against Andrei Schmidt (Estonia), while Michel Schöchan had a busy afternoon of competition with three rounds of his group play, winning two of which he won. As a result she went last. 16, where she will play Sweden.

In a tight fight against number one seed Jelena Buchberger of Croatia in her group, the competition went into the third match, which Buchberger won 18–21, 21–18, 21–12.

Later in the afternoon the Dubliners faced Anja Rumpold of Austria and controlled the match from the start, dominating the first game 21–13. The Austrians returned in the second game, with Schöchan winning 21–18. Fourteen-year-old Schöchan scored another 23-21, 21-18 win in the final against Germany’s Marie Stern.

“Today was my last three matches of the group stage, and I was able to get out as the second man. I lost my first match but then played Austria and I was able to stay calm and focused and just stick to my plan. Today’s last match was against a 6 foot German and I was able to do my best and was in form. I expected to drop out of my group, but I was overjoyed to do so because I’m one of the youngest here.


Seth Dunwoody was the fastest Irish finisher in the Boyz time trial nettingth place with a time of 11:06.81. The Orchard CC cyclist came within six seconds of the medal and sat in third place until the last few riders. Patrick Casey also made the top ten, 10 . ended inth with 11:12.55, and Sam Coleman was 43third Unlucky with the conditions during his race, finishing with 11:39.20.

Speaking after the race, Dunwoody said,

“I’m over the moon with this, it’s such a great competition with so many strong riders. The course started with a 90 degree corner from the startline with pave and cobbles. Slowly before turning 180 and back into town There was the inclination, which ran very fast in the final. I think what we take away from today is that we are a country that can be counted on in road racing, and if we play our cards right, So we have three solid riders we can work with.”

Ann Doherty was the best among the Irish in the girls’ time trial, finishing tenth with a time of 12:40.7 in the 8.4 km run through the city centre.

Speaking after the race, Doherty said,

“It feels amazing, I can’t believe it. Top ten was my goal so it feels amazing and it feels unrealistic to achieve. It’s really special, my parents are here too, so listening to them on edge And to be able to get a good result, it feels really cool. It wasn’t a very long circuit, you could speed it up from the start, it was a bit of a pull up to the hairpin, so you give it your all And pedal it back down. It was great in the square, all the tight corners and the atmosphere was classy!”

Maya Dusi was 31 years oldscheduled tribe With 13:09.11 and Alia Rafferty finished 60 finishedth With 13:36.36.


Conor Fitzgerald and Grace Davison both qualified from their morning heat for the semi-finals of the Boys 100m Free and Girls 200m Breaststroke respectively. Davison finished 7th in his semifinal, with 2:39.15, 3 seconds off his morning time, while Fitzgerald finished Overall with a semifinal time of 53.00 seconds.

Speaking after his first major race at the international level, Fitzgerald said,

“The atmosphere was wonderful, I had a lot of nerves, but that’s to be expected! You get used to it.”


In men’s artistic gymnastics, Niall Hooten missed qualifying by 0.3, placing fourteenth. The Douglas gymnast posted a new personal best in the vault, and speaking after her event, she said,

“It’s my first major international competition and I didn’t know what to expect. I tried a lot of new moves, I had difficulty with everyone else. Although some of my routines weren’t that great, I still tried some Did routines I’m proud of. Vault in particular, I’m very proud of, it’s a new safe and I’ve nailed it pretty well. My safe is usually a full turn somersault, but I’ve had a And added the full turn, so it was a double turn – I landed it well and I was happy with it.”

Tomorrow will be another busy day with athletics, badminton, cycling, gymnastics and swimming all going as per schedule.

Result – Monday 25 July 2022


Sean Cronin – Boys’ 1500m final bronze 4:02.81. with

Jesse Osas-Boys 100m Final – 6th with a PB

Sanon O’Reilly – Boys 800m Heats – 1:58.13 . qualified for the final with

Okwu Bakari – Girls’ Long Jump Final – 11th 5.39. with


Michelle Shochan (IRL) 1-2 Jelena Buchberger (CRO) Girls’ Singles R2 (18-21, 21-18, 21-12)

Dylan Noble (IRL) Walkover Andrei Schmidt (EST) Boys Singles R2

Michelle Shochan (IRL) 2-0 Anja Rumpold (Auto) Girls’ Singles R3 (21-13, 21-18)

Michelle Shochan (IRL) 2-0 Mary Stern (GER) Girls’ Singles R4 (23-21, 21-18)


Boys Time Trial (8.4 km)

Seth Dunwoody – 5th – 11:06.81

Patrick Casey – 10th – 11:12.55

Sam Coleman – 43third – 11:39.20

Girls Time Trial (8.4 km)

Ann Doherty – 10th – 12:40.7

Maya Doosi – 31scheduled tribe – 13:09.11

Alia Rafferty – 60th – 13:36.36


Niall Hooten – Men’s Artistic Gymnastics – 14th


Conor Fitzgerald (IRL) – Q for Boys’ 100m freestyle heat – SF 52.86

Conor Fitzgerald (IRL) – Boys’ 100m Freestyle SF – 19th 53.00

Grace Davison (IRL) – Girls’ 200m breaststroke heat – Q2: 42.23 for SF. with

Grace Davison (IRL) – Girls’ 200m Breaststroke SF – 7th 2:39.15. with

Schedule – Wednesday 26 July 2022

10:30 Badminton – Girls’ Singles – Michelle Shochan (IRL) v Sofia Stromwall (SWE) R of 16

10:41 Athletics – Hannah Falvey – 200m Heat

11:30 Judo – Bethany McCauley v France – minus 57 kg

11:31 Athletics – Lucy Foster – 1500m Heat

15:00 Tennis – Mixed doubles – Ireland v Romania

15:00 Gymnastics – Lily Russell

15:00 Gymnastics – Sophie McGuinness

15:00 Gymnastics – Maeve McGuinness