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Paul Hession: 200m

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 17:13

Paul Hession: 200m
Paul Hession: 200m

Paul Hession (29) has won silver and bronze medals at the World University Games. He is a silver medallist in the 200m in the 2008 IAAF World Athletics final.

In 2007, he set four Irish national records at 100m and 200m. He has been dubbed The Fastest Man in Ireland and The Fastest White Man in the World. He is a member of Athenry Athletics Club.

He ran in the 2006 European Championships, but was eliminated in the semi-finals. He was eliminated in the heats of the 2002 European Championships.

Hession competed at the 2008 Olympic Games, training in Japan beforehand. He finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 200m and did not qualify for the final. He was named Athlete of the Year at the annual Athletics Association of Ireland awards dinner in 2008.

In 2010, Hession became the first Irishman to reach the 200m final in the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. He finished 6th in the final.

First in Olympic action on 7 August in the heats. Start time is 10am.


2012: European Athletics Championships, Helsinki, Finland - eighth.

2011: World Championships, Daegu, Korea. 200m – fourth in heats.

2010: European Championships, Barcelona, Spain. 200m - sixth.

2008: Olympic Games, Beijing, China. 200m - fifth in semi-finals.


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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