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The White Man In ‘That’ Photo

You’ve seen the iconic image (above) before, you may even have had the poster adorning your college bedroom, but what do you know about the third man in the photo?

“I even thought that that guy – who seemed to be just a simpering Englishman – represented, in his icy immobility, the will to resist the change that Smith and Carlos were invoking in their silent protest. But I was wrong.”

Read on here.

One Enough for Eaton In AOY Race?

Has Ashton Eaton done enough to be crowned Athlete of the Year for 2015? The world championships in Beijing was Eaton’s only decathlon of the year, but he did take the title and better his own world record.

More on the possible athletes of the year here.

Rio Mark Secured By Fionnuala

Fionnuala McCormack (née Britton) finished 13th in the Chicago marathon in 2:33:15 to comfortably qualify for the Olympic Games yesterday.

The two-time European Cross Country champion was on course for a sub 2:30 clocking for a large portion of the race but slowed in the second half. McCormack (Kilcoole) went through the first half in 75:09 and 78:06 for the second half.

Check out the full piece here.

Cheated Olympians will get recognition

Athletes denied a medal at next year’s Olympics in Rio will have a special ceremony to recognise their achievements, according to the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

At present, there is no formal system to redistribute medals once athletes are disqualified but the Wada president Sir Craig Reedie has promised they will be allowed their “moment in the sun”.

Read more here.

Memorable year for IUAA athletes

A year which saw brought two international medals and a host of major championships appearances was one of the most memorable on record for Ireland’s student-athletes.

Full report here.

Murphy, Gregan, Barr and English after thier record run in Beijing. Image: Cathal Dennehy
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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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