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Bolt On Ellen; Cain Staying In NYC; 10 Questions With Heffernan; Your JTG 5-A-Day

10 Questions with Rob Heffernan

Niall Breslin, or Bressie to you hip youngsters out there, interviews 2013 world 50km walk champion Rob Heffernan about the mental challenges that face an elite athlete like himself.

“The mind can have a tendency to drift towards the dark side when you are really tired and the pressure is on. This can lead to anxiety and a fear of letting people down and failure.”

Full interview here.

Bolt on Ellen

Usain Bolt made an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show today while he was passing through L.A. and took to the car park to lose a race to an 8 year old boy. Check out the video below.

No return to Oregon for Mary Cain

Mary Cain has written a short blog in which she mentions that she won’t be returning to Oregon for training, while Alberto Salazar will remain as her coach.

“After a disappointing year, I knew that I needed a change. For me, that meant returning home to New York (and its bagels) or where it all started. With 2016 being such an important year, it’s a blessing to be able to, as my mom says, “Go back to basics.”

Read more here.

Gatlin Not Eligible to win athlete of the year

After the controversey that surrounded the athlete of the year nominations in 2014 (Justin Gatlin was nominated which caused Robert Harting to withdraw) the IAAF have amended the rules slightly so that former dopers cannot be nominated.

“Please note that athletes who have been previously sanctioned with a serious doping offence shall not be eligible,” read the announcement.

Read more here.


Sarah Brown hopes to qualify for the Rio Olympics next year, and she’ll be doing most of her base training while pregnant. The American metric miler was unable to rationalise why her form had taken such an alarming dip, until she was informed that her birth control had failed and she was in fact pregnant. Her due date is in March of 2016, just 12 weeks before the Olympic trials, but that hasn’t quelled her ambition.

Full story here.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. 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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