JTG 5-A-Day

Rugby Star’s Shot Put Switch, French Vaulters Flying High; Your JTG 5-A-Day

1. Flying Start For Lavillenie

2014 World Athlete of the Year and indoor world record holder Renaud Lavillenie opened his season with a 5.80m pole vault in France. His female compatriot Marion Fiack took the women’s competition in a new outright French national record of 4.71m.

Event report here


2. Rugby World Cup Winner Eyes Shot Put Switch

England’s rugby world cup winner Maggie Alphonsi will play her last rugby match next Sunday before turning her efforts to the Shot Put. She currently trains for the throwing event twice a week and is hoping to qualify for Rio after an 11 year international rugby career.

Full story here


3. Remembering Jim Hogan

One of Ireland’s greatest athletes, who went on to compete for England, Jim Hogan passed away yesterday (Saturday). Read more about his life and athletics career in the Irish Times here.

Check out an unpublished section of his book here


4. Asher-Smith taking things as they come

After a blistering start to her indoor season Dina Asher-Smith has vowed not to get ahead of herself in setting expectations for the season ahead. Having run 7.23 (0.01 off her PB) in her second race of indoors she will be hoping to challenge come Euro Indoors.

Read more here


5. Doping scandals “as bad as aids”

Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat has suggested the Kenyan doping crisis is “as bad as aids” and has vowed to introduce education programmes to help stem the problem.

Full story here

Jim Hogan seen here in 2nd place (8), in a race which the winner set the 10,000m WR
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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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