After his exploits in the Olympic Games in Rio a few weeks back Thomas Barr is back on the track this Thursday in Zurich in Switzerland at the Diamond League meeting ,a meeting that sees 14 of those that won Olympic titles in Rio competing and the race in which Thomas competes the 400 metres hurdles is probably the most competitive of the fixture and it could in fact be called another Olympic final. He faces the Olympic Champion Klement from the USA,Culson from Peurto Rico who was sadly disqualified in that final with the electronic start equipment picking out his brake-it was not visible to the naked eye- from Kenya the reigning World Champion Bett is there also - he fell in Rio in his heat as are two other finalists. Thomas has had a busy time meeting people and appearing at events while in between has been getting in some training.It will be another big race and again hundreds of a second may be the difference in securing a podium place.the race is timed for 8.28pm Irish time.
Taking a little look back at the action on the track and in field events in Rio again they were a very successful games with some outstanding individual performers Three world records were set and also five new Olympic Records. Usain Bolt in the 100 and 200 metes, Mo Farah in the 5000 and 10000 metres both were superb, Mathew Cendrowski from the USA in the 1500 metres broke the stranglehold on this event by athletes from Africa going back to the 1996 game, others to stand out was the winner of the women's hammer Wlodarczyk from Poland and Niekerk from South Africa in the men's 400 metres.. In the men's individual events USA won five, Jamaica and Kenya three each and Great Britain through Farah two, in the women's USA won four, Kenya three and Jamaica and Croatia two each. The vast majority of the 214 countries present came home with no medals and many of these far bigger in size and population than Ireland. The Olympics could be run off in one day if only athletes who were expected to win medals competed, there would be no need for heats. Standards are set for entrants and these standards are quite severe and of course all who reach these standards deserve to be considered. The sceptics will talk about drugs and say" they are all at it" but lets put it in our own countries context.. Presently three sports people in Ireland are serving suspensions for doping violations, these come from Soccer, GAA and Motor Sport, and a boxer in Rio admitted a transgression also. With this information can we say they are all at it in these sports,or can we be selective with our utterings.. With regard to the ticket controversy and the OCI Gerry Kiernanspeaking on RTE Radio put it in perspective with regard to the Irish athletes in Rio .He said it meant nothing to them as they prepared for their event as all would have little or no interest in the politics and ego trips in the OCI and what is alleged would not be surprising, a sentiment that would be endorsed by all who work in the promotion of sport in Ireland day by day. President O'Higgins while welcoming home the sports men and women from Rio touched on the subject very strongly last Sunday.
Cill Barra 6 km Road Race
On Saturday next with a 6 pm start the Annual Cill Barra/Ballybeg 6 Km Run and Walk in the Ballybeg area of Waterford City goes ahead .Entries on totaltiming.ie or on the evening from 5 pm in Ballybeg
102 runners and 42 walkers competed in the Annual Liz Hayes Memorial 5 miles in Ballyduff Lower last Friday evening and the run was won by Frank Quinlan in 26 minutes 50 seconds,Trevor Swift was second in 28.38 both Waterford AC and David Kynes Kilcoole was third in 28.56.First lady home was Emma Leahy in 32.56,Elaine O'Donovan St Joseph's was second in 33.50 and Kate Veale West Waterford third in 34.29. The category winners were as follows; Men M 40 Mossie Keogh West Waterford A.C. 29.19, M50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 30.53, Junior Alex Foley Waterford A.C. 29.06,1st local Brian Cuddihy Waterford A.C. 29.15 Women F40 Claudia Lane Waterford A.C. 35.5, F50 Ann Dunford West Waterford A.C. 38.21st local Rosie Van Der Valk Waterford A.C. 46.10
Two Open Cross Country fixtures take place in the coming weeks. The AdamstownOpen in County Wexford is on Sunday September 11 th at 12 noon with races for boys and girls under 9 to 16 as well as junior and senior .On Sunday September 25 th the Kilmacow Open starts at 1 pm with races for boys and girls under 8,9,10,12,14,16,18 junior and senior with master prizes also. On Tuesday September 20 th at the RSCthe annual Ferrybank AC Primary Schools Cross country goes ahead confined to Waterford schools.
The County Convention takes place on Friday September 9th in De La SalleCollege,Waterford at 8pm. If any club has motions, nominations or indeed any items they would like to add to the agenda, please forward them to County Secretary John Behan before Wednesday September 7 th. On Friday week September 9 th there's a 5 miles road race on the outskirts of the city starting near the Sanofi Factory (previously Genzyme) at 7 pm.
Dublin to Waterford Relay
The Kincora, Clontarf, Dublin to Passage East 115 miles relay run is taking place on Saturday 17th September 2016. Local man Ronan Walsh (Carey's Bridge,Crooke,Passage, and Dublin), ran many marathons for various charity events-he ran with Raheny Shamrocks- but sadly passed away this year.The run is to raise funds in his memory in aid of St Francis Hospice, a wonderful charity which provides a specialist palliative care service for the people of North Dublin and also locally for Waterford Hospice. The final leg takes place at 6 pm on Sept 17 th from Passage Cross to Passage East via Crooke, locals who would like to run are more than welcome to enter in Passage East Community Centre from 3 to 5.30 pm on the day and sponsorship cards are available in Burke's Shop Crooke. and Alfie Hales in the City. See www.rahenyshamrock.ie for all details
Coaching Development Conference in Sprints, Jumps & Hurdles, Saturday 3rd September in AIT from 9.30am to 4pm & Coaching Performance Conference in Sprints, Jumps & Hurdles on Saturday 17th September in AIT from 9.30am to 4pm. Online registration is now open for coaches, cost is 30 euro per day. Pole Vault & Triple Jump Coaching Weekend, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September from 10am to 5pm in TemplemoreTrack See Munster Athletics website for all details