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Rob Heffernan: 20km and 50km race walk

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 17:07

Rob Heffernan: 20km and 50km race walk
Rob Heffernan: 20km and 50km race walk

Rob Heffernan (34) was seen as one of Ireland's best hopes of a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He came eighth in the 20km walk.

Heffernan’s wife Marian Andrews is also national women's 400m champion and was on the Irish women's team that finished fourth in the European indoors.

On 27 July 2010, Heffernan finished fourth in the European Championship 20km walk, in a time of 1 hour 21 minutes,only 11 seconds away from a bronze medal.

He also finished fourth in the 50km walk in a national record time of 3:45.30. He achieved this feat just three days after the 20 km event.

Heffernan will be blogging for RTÉ.ie about his London 2012.

First in action on 4 August in the 20km walk. Start time is 5pm.

SIGNIFICANT RESULTS:

2010: European Championships, Barcelona, Spain. 20km and 50km walks – fourth in both events.

2009: European Race Walking, Metz, France. 20km walk – 4th.

World Championships, Berlin, Germany. 20km Walk – 15th.

2008: Olympic Games, Beijing, China. 20km Walk – 8h.

2007: World Championships, Osaka, Japan. 20km walk – 6th.

2005: World Championships, Helsinki, Finland. 20km Walk – DQ.

2004: Olympic Games, Athens, Greece. 20km Walk – DSQ.

2002: European Championships, Munich, Germany. 20km Walk – 8th.

2001: European Race Walking Cup, Dudince, Slovakia. 20km Walk – 17th.

World Championships, Edmonton, Canada. 20km Walk – 14th.

2000 European Race Walking Cup, Eisenhuttenstdt, Germany. 20km Walk – 18th.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
Full Table

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