Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ulick O'Connor: How London helped to save the Olympic Games

With war still casting a shadow, the 1948 games needed new sporting heroes -- and it got them, writes Ulick O'Connor

IN September of 1947, after winning the Irish pole vault championship, I got a letter from the Irish Athletic Association notifying me that I had been selected as a "possible" for the 1948 Olympics which were to take place in London.



As an 18-year-old, I was chuffed to join 10 others who were to train under coach Tom Maguire in the College Park, and in the Irish Army gym in Portobello Barracks.

Though I didn't make it to the team in the final selection, by an extraordinary stroke of luck I got to the London Olympic Games after all. It happened this way.

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