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Mary avoids political slip-up but Devlin stumbles at gate

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

Mary Mitchell O’Connor holds her nerve as Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin takes a tumble, watched by Simon Zebo
Mary Mitchell O’Connor holds her nerve as Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin takes a tumble, watched by Simon Zebo
Tea Pimpirea from Bulgaria, Denis Anic from Croatia/Austria, Fabio Raimondi from Italy and JUlius Schroeder from Germany warm up
Treasa Commins from Twomileborris, Tipperary, and Nicola Lynden from Threemilehouse, Monaghan, have their photo taken by Tom O’Dwyer at Scotsman’s Bay in Dun Laoghaire

TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor avoided a political slip-up at the Wings for Life World Run yesterday.

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Ms Mitchell O'Connor was nearly "taken out" by Fianna Fáil's Cormac Devlin, who dramatically fell to the ground moments after the starting horn sounded.

"It's not the first time I have managed to avoid being tripped up by Fianna Fáil," Ms Mitchell O'Connor quipped. "I hopped out of the way. I'm glad I didn't fall - I would have been totally and completely mortified."

Dun Laoghaire County Councillor, Mr Devlin, who decided to flout convention and run the race in a pair of jeans in lieu of Lycra leggings, lost his footing after an onlooker allegedly advised him to "slow down".

"I started running and someone shouted 'you're going too fast Cormac', so I tried to slow down but my feet went from under me and I fell flat on my back," he explained.

Mr Devlin claims he didn't "stay down too long" as he was concerned Munster rugby player Simon Zebo would trample him. "When you know Zebo is behind you, you've got to get back on your feet quickly," he said.

However, photographic evidence shows Zebo was, in fact, ahead of Mr Devlin at the time of the stumble.

Ms Mitchell O'Connor, Mr Devlin and Mr Zebo were amongst hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers to compete in the charity race, to raised funds for research into finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Dubliners Orna Dilworth (30), from Foxrock, and David Sheehy (38), from Swords, were named the female and male race winners.

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