Athletics

Introduction to Athletics


From the very first Olympic Games in 776BC to the revival of the modern Games in 1896, Athletics has always been part of the Olympic Games. It is identified with Greece’s centuries-old history and it is no accident that the Greeks list Athletics as a ‘classical sport’. In 776 BC, races were run in a 28.5 m wide stadium and distances such as the 192.27m race were the forerunners of the 200m event of the modern Olympic Games. For contact details of the National Federation in Ireland please click Full story

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s 9/16

Athletics, Golf, Equestrian and Boxing were the sports to watch on Day 9 of Rio 2016

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 8/16

Follow the action for Team Ireland as the action enters Week 2 in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio Recap: Team Ireland’s Day 7/16

Friday August 12th, 2016 12:52, Golf Men’s Stroke Play, Seamus Power, Round 2: 67 (tied 10th overall on -4) 13:36, Golf Men’s Stroke Play, Padraig Harrington, Round 2: 71 (tied 22nd overall on -1) 14:00, Equestrian Dressage Individual,  Judy Reynolds & Vancouver K, Grand Prix Special: 74.090%* (17th to qualify for Grand Prix Freestyle *PB […]

Rio 2016 – Team Ireland Profile

Pictures and Profiles of all 77 athletes competing for Ireland at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

Team Ireland adds to athletics lineup for Rio 2016

13 July 2016 – Dublin, Ireland: The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and Athletics Ireland are pleased to announce a further eight athletes, who will compete as part of the athletics squad and represent Team Ireland at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.   The athletes announced today join a 17-strong athletics team that will compete […]

Mageean Wins European Bronze Medal

Ciara Mageean  produced a magnificent performance to win the bronze medal in the women’s 1500m final in a tactical 4:33.78 on the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam (July 10). After years of injury troubles Mageean delivered on some of her huge potential even though she felt she could have finished even […]

Irish Race Walkers in Rome

Robert Heffernan competes at the IAAF Race Walking Team Championships in Rome this weekend. Heffernan, a former world champion over 50km, will drop down to 20km for tomorrow afternoon’s race. After returning from a three-week training camp in Morocco, he will be looking to post a good performance prior to the Olympic Games in August.   Joining […]

Official statement from the OCI on Rob Heffernan

“Justice has been done for Rob and we are delighted that he will finally get his hands on the bronze medal he rightfully deserves from London 2012. But it’s important to remember that, like many athletes before him, Rob has still been denied the moment of glory that comes with climbing onto an Olympic podium […]

World Indoor Athletics 2016

Rose-Anne Galligan leads the charge for Ireland’s elite athletes in the heats of the 1,500 m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon this evening (March 18th). The Newbridge athlete takes to the green indoor track in the first heat http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-indoor-championships/iaaf-world-indoor-championships-5681/results/women/1500-metres/heats/startlist#resultheader of two at 20:35 Irish time. The first three in each heat and […]

RIP Jim McNamara

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Jim McNamara.  Jim, who was a member of Donore Harriers for over 50 years, represented Ireland in the Marathon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. He was also one of the most successful and recognisable masters athletes, winning World and European […]
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