There was reason for big celebrations at the Leinster Indoor Track and Field Championships held in the International Arena at Athlone IT as Joe Gough, pictured, set a world Masters Over-60 Indoor 800m record of 2:14.06 – beating the existing record of 2:14.23 held by Horace Grant of the USA.
It is the first world record to be broken in the Athlone International Arena and Gough's achievement had by Monday already attracted more than 15,000 hits on Facebook at home and abroad.
This was a terrific performance by the West Waterford AC runner who has been involved in athletics since the age of 11.
Gough has won a total of 68 national masters titles over the years, eight European gold medals, 10 British Championships, and two silver medals at World Masters Championships.
Last weekend's world record crowns a brilliant athletics career for Gough, who is looking forward to competing in the European Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest next month.
"I have received many messages of congratulations on my weekend world record," Gough said. "I was delighted with my performance and to have set a world record was something very special."