No medal, but Rob walks the hardest walk

Gunther Weidlinger of Austria falls after crashing face-first into a hurdle during the heats of the men's 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Athletics Championship in yesterday.

YOUR immediate reaction at meeting Rob Heffernan, Cork's tiny nine-stone race-walker, is that you've seen more meat on a greyhound. Make no mistake though, Heffernan is hard; rock hard.