Timmy Crowe from Sixmilebridge was part of the Irish 400m Men’s relay team that competed in the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Prague.
Age certainly was not a factor the young Irish men’s relay team as they ran an impressive time of 3:10:61 which is now the third fastest time ever recorded by an Irish team. Crowe was joined on the team by Dara Kervick, Harry Purcell and Brandon Arrey and they were just two seconds off the all-time Irish record of 03:08:83. Both Timmy and Kervick are twenty three years old while Purcell and Arrey are only nineteen and there is nothing to suggest why they cannot make a new Irish record in years to come.
In a very tight 400m race, Belgium secured the gold medal with Poland taking silver and the Czech Republic bronze. Russia finished in fourth place while the Great Britain/Northern Irish outfit narrowly edged ahead of the Irish team to end the race in fifth.
A former student of St Caimins Community School in Shannon, Crowe is certainly one of the growing starts in Irish athletics as Sunday’s very optimistic result shows. While Mark English deservedly receives a great deal of praise for claiming a silver medal in the Men’s 800m, the performances of Sixmilebridge man Crowe and his teammates warrant a great deal of praise.