ATHLETICS: Daniel Mooney misses out on final place but remains upbeat

Daniel Mooney of Letterkenny AC
Daniel Mooney of Letterkenny AC

Daniel Mooney was tenth in his 1500m heat in a time of 3:45.79 and missed out on a place in the final at the Commonwealth Games.

However, Mooney was relatively satisfied with his performance, saying: “I am reasonably happy though I came here to make the final; I might have done that if the race pace had been faster but then I always knew it was going to be slow and tactical.

“I was pleased to be competitive for most of the race. The atmosphere in the Stadium was incredible.”

In the final of the 10,000m Paul Pollock produced a strong run and with a surge in the finish straight came home in a time of 29.11.46 for 19th place.

“It has been a challenge to get here but I would never turn down the chance to compete once in four years in front of such a crowd,” said Pollock.

“The plan is still to compete in the European Championships Marathon in 17 days’ time where I will be racing with the Irish team who are hoping to do well.”