Podcast: Golden Olive At Last, Hope For Heffernan, Russian Roulette Backfires

It was celebration time on this week’s podcast after we received news that Olive Loughnane is set to be awarded gold from the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 in the wake of a spate of doping busts in Russia. There was also major hope that Rob Heffernan may be upgraded to Olympic and European bronze after Sergei Kirdyapkin was proven to have doped in 2012.

We discuss all the fallout from one of the biggest doping busts of the year, and ask whether the Russian athletes are complicit cheats, or just obedient pawns. We also discuss the recent cases of British athletes Gareth Warburton and Rhys Williams, who were cleared of intention to cheat after taking a contaminated supplement.

In actual athletics news, we reveal which part of the world an Irish women’s distance medley relay team is headed to.
We chat about what age athletes actually make it, and the lessons we can learn from Ciarán Ó Lionáird’s recent blog about junior training. Finally, we cast our judgment on our shoe of the week, courtesy of Runways, the Mizuno Wave Rider 18.

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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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