Monday 5 December 2016

Silver lining for evergreen Gough in World Indoors

Cathal Dennehy

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

Joe Gough just fails to catch David Roy Wilcox as they reach for the line Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Joe Gough just fails to catch David Roy Wilcox as they reach for the line Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

West Waterford's Joe Gough finished second in an invitational masters' 800m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon.

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Gough took up the running entering the final lap, but was just touched off on final run to the line by Britain's David Roy Wilcox, 2:15.90 to 2:16.01.

"I ran to my best," said the 63-year-old. "The race was very tight. I thought I had it, but he got past me in the last two strides. It made a good race for the public, though, and showcased masters athletics."

Meanwhile, at the New York City Half-Marathon, Fionnuala McCormack recorded a big personal best of 70:44 to finish fourth behind the USA's Molly Huddle in 67:41.

"I'm happy," said McCormack. "It was a race of two halves, and I managed to run better in the second half and caught a few people."

A quartet of Irish race walkers were in action in Dudince, Slovakia, led by Rob Heffernan, who secured the Olympic qualifying time for 20km with a 1:22:42 performance.

Brendan Boyce was next in with 1:26:12, while Cian McMenamon rounded off the 20km performers with a personal best of 1:27:31.

Leevale's Alex Wright had a strong showing over 50km, finishing sixth in 3:48:32 to secure Olympic qualification.

At the schools international cross-country in Falkirk, Louis O'Loughlin took victory in the junior boys' 4,000m race, while in the intermediate girls' 4,000m event, Sarah Healy made it two Irish wins on the day by taking gold in 14:01.

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