Last weekend’s journey to Southampton proved to be a memorable trip for Irvinestown triple jumper Conall Mahon.
Competing in the bib of Liverpool Harriers Mahon jumped a personal best and recorded a monster wind assisted jump of 14.50m.
Unfortunately the wind was too fast for that leap to stand. His performance was enough to win the south coast event outright.
“I was a little nervous going into it. I knew I was in good form, but in other competitions I had been in good form without being able to get a jump on the board,” said Mahon.
“I did the long jump first and got close to my personal best in that. So after that I was confident going into the triple jump. My first jump was one of my best jumps ever and after that I knew I definitely had a personal best in me.
“My second jump I jumped a personal best with a legal wind and I got 14.21m. Then my next jump after that was 14.50. The wind has to be below 2m / second, or something like that. The wind was above that, but it was a huge personal best by about 30cm.
“That’s the mark we’re trying to hit later on in the season so it was amazing. Even though the wind wasn’t right I know the feeling of that kind of jump and that I can do it,” said Mahon.
Mahon’s focus for the coming weeks will be at under 23 level in Ireland as he prepares for the All-Ireland championships at the start of July.
“I can take that into under 23s and it gives me huge confidence,” said Mahon.
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