Sunday 15 December 2019

Irish athlete Roisin McGettigan awarded European medal six years after race

Roisin McGettigan has been awarded a bronze medal for the 2009 European Indoor championships in the 1500m
Roisin McGettigan has been awarded a bronze medal for the 2009 European Indoor championships in the 1500m

Declan Whooley

It has been a long wait but Roisin McGettigan has been awarded a bronze medal for the 1500m from the 2009 European Indoor Athletics Championships.

The Wicklow athlete finished the race in fourth place in Turin with a time of 4:11.58, just edged out of a medal by Slovenia's Sonja Roman.

McGettigan has been awarded third place after the winner Anna Alminova of Russia was stripped of her gold due to a doping offense. She will now enter the record books as the bronze medallists making it Ireland’s 21st European Indoor medal. Athletics Ireland were officially informed in October by European Athletics that a replacement medal would be made available for presentation.

“It is right and fitting that Roisin is given an opportunity to celebrate her medal winning performance," John Foley CEO of Athletics Ireland said today.

"Roisin was a top quality international athlete who competed for Ireland with distinction for many years including at the Olympic Games as well as being an Irish Record holder and now as a recorded European medallists.” 

The now retired Wicklow athlete competed the Olympic final in the 3000 metres steeplechase in Beijing in 2008. She also has the unique distinction of holding every Irish record for the 3000 metres steeplechase from her 10.42.36 in 2001 to the current record of 9.28.29 set in 2007 breaking it an incredible 10 times. 

She is also the Irish Indoor mile record  holder which she set in 2009 breaking Sonia O’Sullivan’s old record. McGettigan will travel from her home in Rhode Island, USA to receive her medal.

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