Monday 20 May 2019

Rudisha coach Brother Colm O’Connell: ‘Mediocre athletes dope for an extra edge’

David Rudisha after breaking the 800m world record at the London Olympics last year
David Rudisha after breaking the 800m world record at the London Olympics last year

BROTHER Colm O’Connell, coach of Olympian gold medallist David Rudisha, has said mediocre athletes dope for an ‘extra edge’ over elite athletes.

“It was very unfortunate that coming up to the Olympics we had two or three elite athletes testing positive, just when maybe the sport thought we were out of the woods on doping”, he told the Newstalk breakfast show.

“Of course they’re always the, I use the word ‘mediocre’, ones who use to try and get the extra edge.”

He said that although it is damaging to have positive results, it shows that authorities are regularly testing the athletes.

“The good thing to come out of it shows they are testing, they are strict regulations.

“So if we don’t hear of someone testing positive for a long time we wonder if they’ve gone lax about testing.”

O’Connell went to Kenya in the 1970s and ended up teaching in a secondary school, where he got involved in Athletics.

He became involved with Rudisha after the athlete approached him as a boy.

Brother O’Connell said: “I asked him who he was on where he came from and I asked him his name, and from knowing the history of Kenyan athletic there was a great runner called Daniel Rudisha, so I knew genetically I was on the right line with him.”

Rudisha was forced to sit out this year’s world championships due to injury.

The pair were in Galway over the weekend to promote the Galway Kenya run.

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