Thursday, August 21, 2008

Athletics: Loughnane 7th


Some good news this morning with Olive Loughnane finishing seventh in the women's 20k walk with a personal best time of 1:27.45 - just 20 seconds off Gillian O'Sullivan's Irish record.
That put her exactly 33 seconds behind the bronze medal winner in a race won by Russia's Olga Kaniskina in 1:26.31. In driving rain (she must have felt right at home), Loughnane got a warning early on, but held her composure to finish strongly.
It means the Irish athletics team has reached its target of making four finals - Roisin McGettigan in the steeplechase, Alistair Cragg in the 5000m and Rob Heffernan, as well as Loughnane, in the 20k walks.

Top 8 finishes by Irish Track and Field Athletes since 1924
1928 – Pat O’Callaghan – Hammer – 1st
1932 – Pat O’Callaghan – Hammer – 1st
1932 – Bob Tisdall – 400m Hurdles – 1st
1932 – Eamon Fitzgerald – Triple Jump – 4th
1956 – Ronnie Delany – 1500m – 1st
1960 – John Lawlor – Hammer – 4th
1976 – Eamonn Coghlan – 1500m – 4th
1980 – Eamonn Coghlan – 5000m – 4th
1980 – John Treacy – 5000m – 7th
1984 – John Treacy – Marathon – 2nd
1984 – Caroline O’Shea – 800m – 8th
1988 – Marcus O’Sullivan – 1500m – 8th
1992 – Sonia O’Sullivan – 3000m – 4th
1992 – Jimmy McDonald – 20k Walk – 6th
2000 – Sonia O’Sullivan – 5000m – 2nd
2000 – Sonia O’Sullivan – 10,000m – 6th
2008 – Robbie Heffernan – 20k Walk – 8th
2008 – Olive Loughnane – 20k Walk – 7th

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