Track & Field

From Beamon To Balco And Triumphs In Tbilisi: Your Reads Of The Week on JTG

Golden Games For Irish in Tbilisi

Both Kevin McGrath (1500m) and Ciara Neville (100m) bagged gold medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival this week to highlight a successful week for the Irish at the championships where a number of other medals were also won.
You can watch both winning races with McGrath’s here, and Neville’s here.

The JTG Finish Line with Sharika Nelvis

The fastest female hurdler in the world this year spoke to JTG this week about all things track and field. “I want people to be more aware of track & field. As soon as people hear about track & field their first thought is always the Olympics. I want people to know that our sport is 365 day grind of triumphs and failures.”
Full Q&A with Nelvis here.

Blast From The Past: Bob Beamon’s Grounbreaking Leap

“As inspirational sporting moments go, his unexpected leap of 8.90m which shattered the then existing record by some 55cm, stands at the pinnacle of groundbreaking performances in the history of modern sport as we know it. The enormity of the situation was such that Beamon lost all composure collapsing to his knees in emotional shock, his body unable to support itself”. Full piece and video footage here.

TUE Tuesdays – The BALCO Scandal

“BALCO was a Sports Performance Laboratory based in San Francisco which made nutritional supplements and was accused of supplying performance enhancing drugs to sportspeople between 1988 and 2002. The two best known Athletes involved were Dwain Chambers and Marion Jones.”
Full story here with video interviews from the main protagonists.

IAAF Rule In Favour Of Indian Sprinter

Hyperandrogenic Indian sprinter Dutee Chand is free to compete after the Court of Arbritration for Sport suspended the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy for up to two years. Full story here.

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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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