Podcast: Guiyang to Gatlin; Funding and the Future

There was no shortage of things to talk about this week from action at the world cross in Guiyang, China to Justin Gatlin signing for Nike.

Geoffrey Kamworor kept up his perfect championship record in the men’s race adding the senior title to the junior crown he won four years ago. Last year he won the world half in Copenhagen. There was plenty of action in Guiyang and we discuss Sonia O’Sullivan’s diary she wrote for JTG on the event. The double world cross country champion was there as an IAAF ambassador.

The kids were kicking ass again in Athlone for day 3 of the GloHealth National Juvenile Championships where Emerald’s Ciara Neville was shining again with a 24.01 second 200m in the U17 girls. Swinford’s Aisling Forkan was equally impressive in the U18 category winning in 24.18 – both times were under the European Junior qualifying standard of 24.25.

The Jamaican juniors took it to a whole new level with new record marks in the men’s 400m and 400m hurldes. Listen in to get the lowdown on their upcoming stars and we review all the road action in Dunboyne 4 mile and the Carlsbad 5km race in California where Genzebe Dibaba was after the world record.

We then get into the talking points and the divisive issue of cash upon the announcement of elite athlete funding in Ireland. We discuss standards and events and finally read out the best common sense from one of our listeners.

Of course we talk all things Justin Gatlin and the business decision to sign up one of the most notorious athletes in Track and Field. Big question: do the general public and fans really care?

Moses Kipsiro’s life has been under threat in Uganda and we tell you why the great athlete has been under severe pressure for exposing sexual abuse.

All that and more in our latest podcast along with answering our listeners questions.

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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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