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Diamond Resurrection; NCAAs Untested; Healy Scorcher

On this week’s podcast we get stuck into the rebirth of the vintage Diamond League meetings in Oslo and Stockholm.

Steeped in history, the meets have flagged in recent years but have come back to prominence with some impressive marketing, great local athletes and top class competition. This was proved with the number of bums on seats.

Cathal caught up with some of the interesting characters on the circuit including teenage sensation Jakob Ingebrigtsen, long distance and social media guru Julien Wanders along with the man of the moment Juan Miguel Echevarria – who quite literally nearly jumped out of the long jump pit in Stockholm.

The NCAA championships proved its outrageous standard of competition once more but equally as outrageous is the lack of drug testing.

On the doping front we also catch up with the convincing Asbel Kiprop who is giving up his fight for innocence.

Domestically we chart the rise of Cork sprinting heroine Phil Healy and some of the studs at the Irish Schools championships.

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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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