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Scholarships, Salazar & Speedy Kids – Reads of the week on JTG

Flippin’ Fast 14 year olds

Two fourteen year old who have ran 1:55 for 800m, and one of them is Irish! The other also has a 3:50 1500m to his name this season, and is the younger brother of European medalist Henrik Ingebrigtsen. Read more about these young speedsters here.

Salazar story rumbles on

Any story which mentioned Alberto Salazar, Mo Farah, or The Nike Oregon Project proved popular reading on JTG this week. First up it was Salazar calling out his investigators for “knowingly making false statements” here.We then recounted Hannah England’s story from the Independent where she dicussed her time working with Salazar, here. And finally, on of the men who got the story going in the first place, David Epstein updated his propublica.com article to include the confessions of three more former NOP athletes who have come forward with their concerns. Read that piece here.

Scholarships series – The American Dream?

In the first of this US scholarships series Craig Murphy tells us about his decision to leave DCU in favour of Iona College in New York. We hear about life as a collegiate athlete stateside and wheteher the decision to head abroad was ultimately the right one. Should you stay or should you go? – Here.

The Finish Line with Johnny Dutch

The man at the top of the diamond race standings for 400m hurdles this season, Johnny Dutch, took our JTG finish line quiz. He revealed what he likes most about being an elite athlete, as well as the three simple words that he says to himself on the startline. Read it here.

National league – change needed?

Elizabeth Egan took to the pages of JTG to discuss what she feels is right and wrong with the current National League format. Apart from taking four days to find out individual race results there are some more pressing issues within the current format which need addressing. Have a read here and see if you’d agree.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. 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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