Heffernan & Boyce get Olympic standard

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC) and Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny AC) achieved the Olympic qualification standard in the 50km walk in Naumburg, Germany on Saturday.

Heffernan finished second in 3.49.30, this follows on from the personal best he set at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in La Coruna last Saturday in the 10km walk when finishing sixth in 39.19 minutes. Boyce achieved a personal best of 3.57.58 to finish sixth just inside the qualification standard of 3.59.00 to achieve the standard for his first Olympic Games. The Donegal man had achieved the B standard for the World Championships but he chose to compete in the 20km Walk at the World University Games where he finished 15th.

There was heartbreak for Colin Griffin (Ballinamore AC) who was disqualified at 48km mark when he was comfortably on track to achieve the qualification standard..


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