JTG 5-A-Day

Bronze Rob, ‘High’ Jumper, Jeptoo ‘B’ Result; Your JTG 5-A-Day

1. Barcelona bronze at last for Rob

Rob Heffernan recieved his belated bronze at a medal ceremony in Cork city. Rob finally got his reward for his exceptional performance in the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, after the initial winner was retrospectively disqualified for a doping violation.

Videos from the ceremony here. Story here


2. Positive ‘B’ for Jeptoo

Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo’s ‘B’ sample has tested postive for EPO, as did her ‘A’ sample back in September. She had been due to collect $500,000 as winner of the World Marathon Major series prior to the story being broken on RunBlogRun.

More about the story here 


3. Merritt aims for Olympic repeat

Aries Merritt, 110m hurdles world record holder, has put his injury plagued seasons of 2013 and 2014 behind him. He’s hoping for a big year in 2015 en route to repeat Olympic glory in 2016

Full story here


4. McPherson proves she’s a ‘high’ jumper

Colourful U.S. high jumper Inika McPherson has accepted a 21 month ban after testing positive for cocaine use. She failed a drug test after the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in June.

Full USADA statement here


5. Catch up with his weeks JTG Podcast

In case you missed it we talked through the Euro XC where we heard from Fionnuala Britton, Jack O’Leary and David Harper, as well as Endurance coach Chris Jones. Elsewhere, we hear from John Treacy, who explains why he believes European distance runners have basically given up.

Listen in 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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