O Lionaird not elated but satisfied with bronze at Euro Championships
MACROOM'S Ciaran O Lionaird has said he is "still angry, still motivated" after claiming a bronze medal in the 3,000m at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.
The 24-year-old runner admitted in the wake of the 3,000m final in Gothenburg in Sweden on Saturday that he was competing for the gold medal, and therefore was satsfied with his third place finish, but was not elated.
"I'd rather have run for gold, and got bronze, like I did, than run for silver and got silver so, I'm not elated. But it is satisfying, and something to move forward with.
"I think when Ibrahimov (winner) moved, I went right with him, maybe a little too soon, and the lactic build-up was a bit much coming into the home straight. Maybe if I'd held back a little I would have ben challenging Higuero for second. Who knows, maybe closing for first, but it's easy to come back and pick those small things out at the end of a race. Overall, this is a positive step forward," he said.
"Coming back from last season's disappointment this has given more some silverware, or rather some bronze-ware," he added. "But it's kept me hungry certainly to come out and beat those guys later in the year. I'm satisfied, but I won't be going to bed tonight satisfied. I'm still angry, still motivated."
O Lionaird ran a fine race but eventually had to give way to Azerbaijan runner Hayle Ibrahimov, with Spaniard Juan Carlos Higuero getting up in the closing metres to pip the Cork man for the silver medal. O Lionaird time of 7.50.40 was a personal best.