DONEGAL CONNECTION; Athletes and Officials in TOKYO

Brendan Boyce, Finn Valley

Brendan, a native of Milford is competing in his third Olympic Games having previously competed in the 50Km race walk in both London and Rio He goes in the 50Km walk this time also. He is coached in Cork by Former World Champion and Olympic medalist Robbie Heffernan, so he will not be lacking on good advice and race tactics. His sixth place in the 2019 World Championships in the heat of Doha, and his previous experience make him a prospect for a medal at these games.

Mark English, Finn Valley

Mark from Letterkenny is competing in his second Olympics. He qualified as doctor in 2019 and has put his career on hold in an attempt to win an Olympic medal. He is coached by Phelim O’ Kelly and is part of the Dublin Track Club a Dublin based training group which has attracted some of the top middle- distance athletes in the country. Mark qualified for these games when he broke the long standing Irish 800m record in Spain on the last day of the qualification cycle. His 800m record is 1.44.71. On his day Mark is capable of taking on anyone in the world and we can only hope that he carries his form through to Tokyo and earns his place on the 800m rostrum.

Eilish Flanagan, Finn Valley

Eilish is a native of Omagh and recently joined Finn Valley, she and her twin sister Roisin are scholarship students at Adams State University in the Colorado, USA. She is a steeplechase specialist an won the European Under 23 Steeplechase 3,000m steeplechase title in Sweden in 2019 and was also a scoring member of the silver medal winning Irish U/23 team at the European Cross-Country Championships in 2019.  She faces an Olympic baptism of fire against the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes in Tokyo but her record shows that she will come home  better athlete.

Teresa Mc Daid, Letterkenny

The vastly experienced Teresa Mc Daid is managing an Irish team and an Olympic Games for the first time, but she has previously managed Irish teams at World and European level in both Track and Field and Cross-Country.

Pierce O’ Callaghan

Pierce is officiating at his fourth Olympic Games having previously been appointed by World Athletics to Judge at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio. He is former Athletics International and has close connections with Donegal in fact he was in Killybegs for a days Sea Angling last week just before he set off for Tokyo. After the Olympics he sets off for Kenya where he is representing World Athletics at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Nairobi.


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