Podcast:Thomas Tanks It; Mulcaire magnificent, and is Gatlin good for the sport?

Thomas Tanks It; Mulcaire magnificent, and is Gatlin good for the sport?

This week, we reflect and celebrate two breakout performances from a pair of young Irish stars and enter into a dark discussion about an ageing villain of the sport who continues to defy logic.

Kevin Mulcaire broke John Treacy’s Irish record for 5,000m in Manchester, running 14:02.30, and we discuss the Clare man’s historic run and ask whether he can medal at the European Juniors.

On Friday, Thomas Barr went to Doha for his first diamond league, and rose to the occasion by finishing third. We predict how his season may go from here and just what the 22-year-old may be capable of.

In more depressing news, Justin Gatlin ran the fastest 100m for many years in Doha, 9.74, and we debate whether the American is still doping, whether drug cheats deserve forgiveness and whether his presence is actually good for the sport.

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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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