Track & Field

Throwback Thursday: Derval’s agonising fourth

Derval O Rourke, 3 time Olympian, World Indoor Champion and multiple European medalist missed out on a world medal by just a tenth of a second in 2009. After a disappointing performance in 2008, Derval would take on 5 Olympic finalists in Berlin and also put the great Sally Pearson back into 5th.

O Rourke showcased her championship pedigree by setting a season’s best in each round culminating in an Irish record in the final. Derval would  go on to take two hundreds off it in Barcelona the following year.


1st Brigitte Foster-Hylton  Jamaica 12.51 SB
2nd Priscilla Lopes-Schliep  Canada 12.54
3rd Delloreen Ennis-London  Jamaica 12.55 SB
4 Derval O’Rourke  Ireland 12.67 NR
5 Sally McLellan  Australia 12.70
6 Ginnie Powell  United States 12.78
7 Dawn Harper  United States 12.81
8 Perdita Felicien  Canada 15.53


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Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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