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Ciaran O'Lionaird: 1500m

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 17:01

Ciaran O'Lionaird: 1500m
Ciaran O'Lionaird: 1500m

Ciaran O’Lionaird (24) hails from Co Cork. He suffered a career-threatening back injury in 2010, but recovered well in 2011, running a career best of 3m34.46s – putting him fourth on the Irish all-time list.

That time qualified him for the World Championships and Olympics. This was the first time an Irishman had reached the final of a major global outdoor 1500m event since Niall Bruton in 1995.

Nicknamed The Bullet with the Mullet.

He hails from Macroom, Co Cork, and has spent most of his athletics life in the USA on scholarships in Michigan and Florida Universities.

He is now ranked fourth in the all-time Irish 1500m list, only bettered by Olympians Ray Flynn, Marcus O’Sullivan and Frank O’Mara.

First in Olympic action on 3 August in the heats. Start time is 7pm.


2011: IAAF World Athletics Championships, Daegu, South Korea. 1500m – 10th.

2005: IAAF World Youth Championships, Marrakesh, Morocco. 1500m – 10th.


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
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