Rob Heffernan quells retirement talk as he targets Euro medal
Former world race-walking champion Rob Heffernan insisted yesterday that reports of his retirement are greatly exaggerated.
At 39, the Corkman may not have many miles left to walk, but he revealed yesterday that he's not hanging up his racing shoes just yet.
After finishing eighth in the 50km race walk at the World Championships in August, Heffernan indicated it would likely be his last race. "I'm happy I finished on a positive note," he said. "It's time for me to help the new generation."
But at the Irish Life Health National Athletics Awards yesterday in Santry, where Heffernan was crowned athlete of the year, he revealed he is now considering a tilt at next summer's European Championships in Berlin.
"I'm 39 but I'm still up there and I feel if I can stay injury-free and motivated that I can still win a medal," said Heffernan, who admitted he will take a very different approach over the coming months. "It's been a hard few years, emotionally and physically, and I need to see how I feel."