Heffernan to lead endurance squad in London
Athletics Ireland is delighted to announce initial selections for the race walk and marathon for the World Athletics Championships in London in August.
Robert Heffernan (Togher) will lead a strong team of 50km race walkers alongside Brendan Boyce (Letterkenny) and Alex Wright (Leevale).
There is a full complement of men in the marathon with Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) and Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) selected.
On the women’s side Fionnuala McCormack (Kilcoole) and Claire McCarthy (Leevale) have been selected for the classic distance.
High Performance Director Paul McNamara was pleased with the selections and said:
“I’m delighted to see an increase in the number of athletes selected for the pure endurance events at World Championship level, and the earlier selection date in 2017 allows selected athletes to now turn the focus of their attention to specific preparation for August’s World Championship.
“The Walks have proved to be the most successful event group at major championships for some time now and Rob, Alex and Brendan are a world class trio of 50km competitors who will make a big impact in London.
“I’m excited that the men’s Marathon sees a full complement of three athletes selected for the second global championships in-a-row. Paul and Mick will have benefitted enormously from their experience in Rio while Sean deserves particular commendation for his breakthrough in London this past Sunday.
“On the women’s side, Fionnuala had a superb Olympic Marathon, but may yet choose to focus on 10,000m for London 2017, while Claire will make her first appearance on the global stage after her breakthrough in Berlin in September. It’s important to acknowledge the contribution of Marathon Mission as a factor in the rapidly improving quality and depth in Irish marathoning and Athletics Ireland look forward to supporting them in this regard and to a fruitful relationship for the benefit of our elite athletes and coaches going forward.”
World Championships Marathon and 50km Walks Selection
The Selection of the Marathon and the 50km Walks for the World Championships to take place in London from 4-13 August 2017 is as follows:
Men’s 50km Walks
Alex Wright Leevale AC
Brendan Boyce Letterkenny AC
Robert Heffernan Togher AC
Mick Clohisey Raheny Shamrocks AC
Paul Pollock Annadale Striders AC
Sean Hehir Rathfarnham WSAF AC
Fionnuala McCormack Kilcoole AC
Clare Gibbons McCarthy Leevale AC
Selection policy: https://athleticsireland.app.box.com/v/17-WCpolicy