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Athletics: Rob Heffernan claims fourth in 50km walk and sets new Irish record in the process

Updated: Saturday, 11 Aug 2012 16:17

Rob Heffernan has finished fourth in the 50km walk
Rob Heffernan has finished fourth in the 50km walk

Rob Heffernan has finished fourth in the 50km walk at London 2012, recording the best-ever Irish Olympic result in the distance, and setting a new Irish record in the process.

Heffernan clocked a time of 3:37:54 around the London course, smashing the previous Irish record by 7:36.

The race was won by Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin in an Olympic record time of 3:35:59. Australia's Jared Tallent was second, with Si Tianfeng of China third.

Ireland's Brendan Boyce finished 29th in a time of 3:55:01 - a new personal best time.

However, Ireland's third walker in the race, Colin Griffin, was disqualified.

Heffernan said: "I've made massive improvements. I came here to win a medal, to come close in both events is very encouraging. Still in good nick."

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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