THE gold medal Rob Heffernan won in the World Championships was stolen this morning from his car – and recovered almost immediately afterwards.
The champion walker is in Dublin for the Irish Independent sports awards and had the medal in his car.
His car was broken into and it was stolen, which he immediately reported to the gardai.
Garda performed a sting operation and managed to recover the medal. The 35-year-old has thanked the gardai who recovered the medal he won earlier this summer in the World Championships in Russia.
“Huge thank you to An Gardai and my manager Derry who performed a sting operation to retrieve my stolen medal,” the Cork man tweeted.
He posted a photograph of his manager and the two detectives – Niamh Coates and Niall Hodgins of Mountjoy garda station – who recovered the medal.
The Cork man narrowly missed out on a medal at last summer’s Olympics, coming fourth. But the father-of-two recorded the second-fastest in the history of the World Championship 50km walk finals in August, finishing in a time of 3hrs 37mins 56secs.