Podcast: Athlone’s Highs and Lows; Emerald’s Rising Star; No Mo Messing from Farah

We got mad this week, really mad. But for the right reasons as our passion into dissecting the Athlone International, the national championships and the sport in general went into overdrive.

We discuss Cathal Dennehy’s piece that went through the root and branch of the meet that soared as high as Mutaz Essa Barshim but went to a serious low by running overtime and a faulty starting blocks set up.

Irish TV did their level best to cover the meet but took the brunt of the criticism after they cut their coverage short with 600m remaining of the mile – which had equal billing with the men’s high jump. We discuss their stream and what went beyond their control.

Ultimately it proved that athletics matters and that we need to take a stand and not accept being treated as second class citizens. RTE, the national broadcaster, had their own mishaps when the highlights package scheduled for 6:30pm didn’t air until 11:05pm due to “technical difficulties.” Would this have happened with any of the major sports?

Athletes are in need of two “H’s”: harnessing and hardening and we discuss how we could potentially address this.

A star was born in Emerald’s Ciara Neville at the GloHealth National Championships as the 15-year-old won double silver in the women’s 60m and 60m hurdles. Her 7.45 seconds in the semi-final was a national youth record and placed her number 2 on the U17 world list.

There were breakthrough performances from Dara Kervick (Clonliffe) and Adam McMullen (Crusaders) in the 400m and long jump respectively and we hear their reaction.

For all the good, there was plenty to ponder. Addressing issues such as volunteers and officials along with the lack of number of athletes at the national championships. Particularly on the women’s side there were only two entrants in the women’s 3,000m and a straight final in the women’s 200m.

In this free flowing podcast there is plenty to listen to and ponder. Some may be spot and some may be way off. That’s for you to decide. Tune in and give us your feedback.

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Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan

Ronan Duggan is an athlete, coach, athletics fan and, most importantly, was once named Bandon AFC's under-12 Player of the Year. He was once a promising athlete but is now a promising coach, teacher and part-time athletics writer/broadcaster. While an 800m runner himself, Ronan has coached everything from pole vault to 10km with varying levels of bluffing. He has regularly been threatening to do something for years but is yet to deliver. He is regarded as our expert on the American running scene, though has yet, to prove his knowledge in this realm.

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