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‘Monumental’ Boost For USA Athletes; Ireland’s Marathon Revival; Your JTG 5-A-Day

‘Monumental’ Step Forward For USA Athletics

Good news for US track & field athletes as their governing body, USATF, will be providing some added cash bonuses for qualification and medal winning performances.

“Beginning in 2016, roughly $1.8 million per year in cash will be distributed. In practice, this will mean what? A $10,300 award for making the worlds or Olympic team”

Full story here.

How the 800m became a sprint event

Ken Jalaski talks about coaching the 800m and how it has developed from a middle distance to a sprint event.

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Studies Come first for Canadian star

Andre De Grasse has said the timing wasn’t right to turn pro after claiming 100m bronze at the world championships in Beijing.

“There was a lot of pressure, there was a lot of numbers. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, are they really offering this?’ But nothing was guaranteed; there were no forms or letters. It was just talk.”

More here.

Marathon Renaissance For Irish

Kevin Seaward and Lizzie Lee led a renaissance of Irish marathon running in Berlin today with five Irish athletes in total running Olympic qualifying times.

A host of Irish athletes went over to Berlin in pursuit of Olympic qualification (2:17:00 for men and 2:42:00 for women) with Kevin Seaward (St Malachy’s) the first across the line in 2:14:52 as Lizzie Lee (Leevale) went to number five on the Irish women’s all-time list with 2:32:51.

Full story here.

It’s Time To Celebrate

If there’s one thing (other than how to jump very, very high) Zhang Guowei knows how to do, it’s celebrate. Spikes Mag have compiled some of the 2015 world silver medalist’s best celebrations of the year.

Check them out here.

John Travers winning the Rathfarnham 5k. Photo Credit: Brendan Ahearne
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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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