Sean Cronin stormed home in third place on the second day of racing for Team Ireland at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia last night.

The EYOF is a multi-sport event for athletes aged 14-18 that runs until Saturday.

“It was a bit of a hectic race, more like rugby than athletics,” said Cronin, a graduate of Park Runs with his Dad who now races with Clonliffe Harriers in Dublin.

“We were rotating around swapping for places for the whole thing, and the last lap it was chaos down the back straight but I managed to get in a fairly good position on the last bend. I gave it everything but couldn’t get up to the Italian and Hungarian chap at the end but happy enough.”

“I’m absolutely delighted, a great way to end the season. Couldn’t ask for much better. That was my expectation back in March when I was looking to get the qualification time.”

“I said to the lads at training, I definitely can get a medal, and now to get the medal is just a great way to end the season, and I’m going into the cross country season. It’s just exciting, it’s exactly where I want to be.”

This is the games where Rhasidat Adeleke, Sarah Healy, Ciara Neville and Ciara Mageean have all won Gold medals in previous years and is a clearly a major stepping stone for young athletes.

Badminton player Michelle Shochan (pictured above with her coach Chloe Magee) progressed to the last 16 of her tournament after two wins and is back on the court today together with Hannah Falvey and Lucy Foster in athletics, Lily Russell, Sophie and Maeve McGuinness in Gymnastics, Bethany McAuley in Judo and Rachel Deegan and Eoghan Jennings in Tennis.