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.