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Heffernan recalls Euro disaster
22 Sep 2014 16:04
World champion race walker Rob Heffernan has admitted he was left “mentally and physically” broken after a disastrous performance at the European Championships in Zurich last month.
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The Cork athlete bowed out of the 50km race, which was won by France’s Yohann Diniz in a world record time, around the 40km mark.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s The John Murray Show, Heffernan said: “It was very, very disappointing. The first week I got home, it felt like a death, I was distraught. It was very hard. I’m still trying to process it all.
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“It was very, very fast. My only objective after winning [the] World Championships last year [was] to go out and try and win it.
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"And Yohann’s result on the day – he broke the world record by over two minutes – was phenomenal. It blew me away and it broke me. It broke me mentally and physically.
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“For ten miles before I stopped I was going through complete turmoil and then everything just went negative. I couldn’t comprehend [it].
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"I was at 25k and I was two minutes faster than I was in London and Moscow and everything was going to plan and yet this fellow was pulling away from me.
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“I just couldn't believe it and then things just collapsed and I started going backwards.”
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