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Only Irish winner will run again in memory of dead

AN Irish Olympian who won the Boston marathon 39 years ago is going to compete at next year's event in memory of those killed this week.

Neil Cusack (62), pictured, watched the horror unfold on TV at his home.

He has already been invited to next year's Boston marathon to mark the 40th anniversary of his win in 1974.

At the age of 22, he is the only Irish person to ever win the Boston marathon.

"I am going over next year – it's 40 years since I won it. I would make a prediction that next year's event is going to be unbelievable.

"I am glad I am going to be back there because they will want to show a total good feeling about the event and the Americans will be behind it 1,000pc," Mr Cusack said.

"I have 12 months to get ready and get myself in shape. I would just run it as a sort of a gesture," he added.

Mr Cusack represented Ireland at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Irish Independent