Loughnane European Athlete of March?

Ireland’s Olive Loughnane is among 14 athletes nominated by the European Athletics organisation for March’s  prestigious “European Athlete of the Month “ award.

March was an action-packed month for European athletes, with the European Cup Winter Throwing in Sofia, IAAF World Cross Country Championships and a number of race walking and road races across the continent.

Olive has been nominated for European Athlete of the month following her winning performance in Dundice. The 2009 World Championships silver medallist, Loughnane, finished in front of the 67 starters (47 of whom finished) in the women’s 20km event and crossed the line in 1:32:40. It was Loughnane’s first race since stomach problems forced her to drop out of the European Athletics Championships 20km walk last summer. Among the competition she faces for this award are  Great  Britain’s young star of the future,  Charlotte Purdue, Maris Mägi  the Estonian champion  (200m & 400m)  and Anita Márton , the Hungarian shot putt title holder.

The highly successful European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris also took place early last month but performances at the event were taken into account during voting for February’s European Athlete of the Month.

You  can vote for your choice in the Men’s and Women’s categories – up to   Noon  (C.E.T) Monday 18th April  via:



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