At the European Games, an exciting new format will be introduced, with the official launch of the Dynamic New Athletics (DNA).
Ireland will have fifteen athletes competing at any one time, with an additional six reserves named. The brand new format for athletics competitions has a strong focus on combined team effort. DNA is an effort to modernize traditional athletics, introducing team strategy into the mix, as well as an entertaining atmosphere and head-to-head contests.
It is a team competition where groups of six nations compete in ‘matches’ across four rounds of competition. The teams are mixed gender, and competitions are held in nine disciplines – six track events and three field events. Athletes can win medals individually in the nine disciplines, but their individual results also count towards the overall team tally.
The athletes who win individual disciplines earn 12 points for their team, and the runners-up earn 10 points each, and so forth, with each following place getting two points less. The final showdown between the top six teams determines the winner of the tenth, team medal.
In Minsk teams from 24 countries, made up of a total of 504 athletes, will take part in the DNA competition.
Competition takes place in the middle of the games with the Qualification Matches taking place on the 23rd June, the quarter finals on the 25th June, the semis on the 26th June and the final showdown occurring on the 28th June.
|Amy O’Donoghue||Pursuit Race||Limerick||27/01/1994|
|Àndrew Mellon||Mixed 4 x 400m||Down||08/11/1995|
|Brandon Arrey||Mixed 4 x 400m||Dublin||18/07/1996|
|Catherine McManus||Mixed 4 x 400m||Dublin||09/05/1992|
|Ciara Deely||Mixed 4 x 400m||Kilkenny||28/03/2000|
|Gerard O’Donnell||110m H||Leitrim||06/05/1988|
|Lily-Ann O Hora||Reserve||Limerick||30/11/1994|
|Luke Lennon-Ford||Mixed 4 x 400m||Dublin||05/05/1989|
|Nelvin Appiah||High Jump||Longford||29/10/2001|
|Sarah Lavin||100m H||Limerick||28/05/1994|
|Sinead Denny||Mixed 4 x 400m||Dublin||05/03/1991|
|Sophie Meredith||Long Jump||Limerick||12/04/2001|
|Victoria Harris||Pursuit Race||Westmeath||21/01/1996|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||23-Jun||12:04:00||Qualification Match 1|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||23-Jun||14:24:00||Qualification Match 2|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||23-Jun||17:44:00||Qualification Match 3|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||23-Jun||20:04:00||Qualification Match 4|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||25-Jun||14:04:00||Quarter Final Match 1|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||25-Jun||17:44:00||Quarter Final Match 2|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||25-Jun||20:04:00||Quarter Final Match 3|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||26-Jun||17:44:00||Semi Final Match 1|
|ATHLETICS TEAM||26-Jun||20:04:00||Semi Final Match 2|