Athletics News

Tom O'Riordan RIP

June 21, 2022
The Olympic Federation of Ireland is saddened to learn of the passing of Olympian Tom O'Riordan, who competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games for Ireland in the 5000m. Tommo, as he was known to athletes, was not only a hugely successful athlete, he was one of Ireland's most respected sports journalists for many years, […]

Ronnie Delany Inducted to NCAA Hall of Fame

June 11, 2022
Marking the recent 100th staging of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) track and field championships, Ronnie Delany was one of 30 past winners to be inducted to the inaugural Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame. The Irish Olympic Champion's name stands strong alongside global stars such as Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Jim Ryun, Henry Rono, […]

Paris Scholarship Recipients in Profile

June 8, 2022
Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics)Rhasidat (who doesn’t turn 20 until August 2022) is from Tallaght and is already blazing a trail for Irish sprinting. In 2018, aged just15, she became the European Youth (U18) 200m champion in Hungary. In 2019 she won double sprint gold at the European Youth Olympics in Baku. In July 2021 she became […]

Raymond Flynn RIP

April 27, 2022
Team Ireland Race Walking Coach Ray Flynn passes away suddenly. The Olympic Federation of Ireland is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Ray Flynn, coach and friend to the race walking community. The Sligo native most recently coached the Team Ireland race walkers at the Tokyo Olympic Games based out of Sapporo. Raymond […]

Dual Olympian: Terry McHugh

February 3, 2022
THIRTY years ago Terry McHugh did something unique in Irish sporting history. He didn’t just compete in a Winter and Summer Olympic Games – something that only two other Irish athletes have ever done - he did both in one year. 1992 was the last time that the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in […]

TOKYO 2020 REVISITED

September 21, 2021
BY IAN O’RIORDAN Nothing can and never will rival that moment you first step inside an Olympic Stadium. Nothing can prepare you for it either, especially not one as magnificently set and well ordained as presented to us in Tokyo for the Games of the 2020 Olympiad. Only this being July of 2021, the postponed […]

KELLIE HARRINGTON WINS GOLD FOR TEAM IRELAND IN TOKYO

August 8, 2021
Kellie Harrington wrote her way into the history books in Tokyo this morning, as she overcame Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil in stunning fashion by unanimous decision in the Women’s Light final. Harrington came into the bout having never met the Brazilian before, and Ferreira had proven herself as a force to be reckoned with in […]

MARATHON AND GOLF TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN TOKYO THIS MORNING WHILE COYLE ANNOUNCED AS FLAGBEARER FOR CLOSING CEREMONY

August 7, 2021
Morning report from Team Ireland on Day 15 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games All focus for Team Ireland was on the marathon and golf this morning as the women’s marathon got underway in Sapporo, while the final day of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play was held in Tokyo. With the Games now in their […]

GOLF, MODERN PENTATHLON, CYCLING AND ATHLETICS ROUND OUT BUSY DAY 13 FOR TEAM IRELAND

August 6, 2021
It was another jam-packed afternoon and evening in Tokyo for Team Ireland today, with a host of Irish athletes in action across a range of disciplines. Three-time Olympian Natalya Coyle got off to an impressive start in the Women’s Individual Fencing Round, and will now go into Day Two of her event lying in joint […]

BOYCE AND WRIGHT IMPRESS IN RACE WALK WHILE DAY OF MIXED FORTUNES FOR GOLFERS

August 6, 2021
Team Ireland’s 50km Race Walkers took to Sapporo Odori Park this morning with Brendan Boyce putting in one of the performances of his career to finish 10th in a time of 3:53:40, less than three minutes outside the medals. His Team Ireland teammate Alex Wright also impressed in 29th, his highest finish ever at a […]

WALSH COLLECTS BRONZE WHILE IRISH SHOW JUMPERS GET CAMPAIGN OFF TO A FLYING START

August 3, 2021
There was big excitement in Tokyo this evening as Team Irelandboxer, Aidan Walsh, officially received his Olympic bronze medal for the Men’s Welter (63-69kg). Having made his Olympic debut at this year’s Games, the Belfast boxer was thrilled to finish with a coveted Olympic medal: “When I walked into the club at eight years of […]

KELLIE HARRINGTON SECURES IRELAND’S FOURTH MEDAL OF THE GAMES, WHILE COSCORAN AND REID ADVANCE TO SEMI-FINALS

August 3, 2021
Boxer Kellie Harrington put in a great morning’s work in Tokyo this morning against a tricky opponent in Imane Khelif of Algeria, to win by unanimous decision and guarantee at least a bronze medal. Despite a good opening minute from Khelif, Harrington got the measure of her quickly and from the midway point of the […]

WALSH COLLECTS BRONZE WHILE IRISH SHOW JUMPERS GET CAMPAIGN OFF TO A FLYING START

August 3, 2021
There was big excitement in Tokyo this evening as Team Irelandboxer, Aidan Walsh, officially received his Olympic bronze medal for the Men’s Welter (63-69kg). Having made his Olympic debut at this year’s Games, the Belfast boxer was thrilled to finish with a coveted Olympic medal: “When I walked into the club at eight years of […]

DAY 10 UNDERWAY FOR TEAM IRELAND IN TOKYO WITH ATHLETICS THE FIRST IN ACTION

August 2, 2021
It was another busy morning at the Olympic Stadium for Irish athletes, with Ciara Mageean and Sarah Healy in action in the first round of the Women’s 1500m heats, while Phil Healy was in action in the heats of the Women’s 200m. Mageean and Healy finished 10th and 11th respectively in their heats, but fell […]

ACTION-PACKED MORNING FOR TEAM IRELAND AS THE HEAT CRANKS UP IN TOKYO

August 1, 2021
It was another action-packed morning for Team Ireland in a sweltering Tokyo this morning. There was disappointment for boxer, Kurt Walker, who lost out in his quarter-final bout with USA’s Duke Ragan by the finest of margins, a 3-2 split decision after a pulsating contest. In athletics, there were fantastic performances from Eilish Flanagan and […]

BARR RUNS SECOND FASTEST TIME OF HIS CAREER IN TOKYO SEMI-FINAL

August 1, 2021
All eyes were firmly focused on the Olympic Stadium this evening, as Thomas Barr was the sole Team Ireland athlete in action in the Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-final.  It wasn’t to be for the Waterford man though, as his second Olympic Games came to a close following a 4th place finish in his semi-final (and […]

HISTORY-MAKING RELAY TEAM FINISH 8TH IN FINAL WHILE THERE’S HEARTBREAK FOR HOCKEY IN FINAL GROUP GAME

July 31, 2021
Team Ireland’s 4x400m Mixed Relay team put in another stellar performance at the Olympic Stadium this evening, recording a time of 3:15.04, the second fastest ever by an Irish quartet, only behind yesterday’s stunning national record. Chris O’Donnell brought the team home with a characteristically strong finish in 8th, making history as the first Irish […]

TEAM IRELAND SMASHES RECORDS ON THE TRACK AND IN THE POOL ON SIZZLING EVENING OF ACTION IN TOKYO

July 31, 2021
It was a blistering evening of action for Team Ireland this evening, with two records broken in style in athletics and swimming. Team Ireland’s 4x400m Mixed Relay Team performed out of their skins to secure a place in tomorrow’s final, setting a new national record by almost four seconds. The Irish quartet of Sophie Becker, […]

BIG DAY AHEAD FOR TEAM IRELAND IN TOKYO AS DAY EIGHT OF THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES GETS UNDERWAY

July 31, 2021
It was a busy morning once more for Team Ireland in Tokyo, with Mark English and Sarah Lavin both in action in athletics, while Sarah Ennis and Horseware Woodcourt Garrison (ISH) completed the dressage phase of eventing. Play is currently underway for golfers, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, in Round 3 of the Men’s Individual […]

AIDAN WALSH BECOMES IRELAND’S LATEST OLYMPIC MEDALLIST AS HE GUARANTEES HIMSELF AT LEAST A BRONZE IN TOKYO

July 30, 2021
“I would cut my medal in half and give her half of it,” said a beamingAidan Walsh of his sister Michaela this morning, as he put on a fantastic quarter-final display to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Walsh was composed throughout the Men’s Welter bout with Merven […]

TEAM IRELAND ATHLETICS TRACK & FIELD AND WALK TEAM NAMED

July 8, 2021
Total number on Team Ireland Athletics Squad in the Tokyo Olympics Reaches 25 Team Ireland has officially selected the Athletics Track and Field and 20km Race Walk team who will be competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. There will now be twenty-five athletes competing across the athletics events, with today’s announcement confirming those athletes […]

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Athletics Marathon and 50km Race Walk

June 15, 2021
Seven Team Ireland athletes selected to compete in Sapporo at Tokyo 2020 Team Ireland has officially selected seven athletes to compete across the Marathon and 50km Race Walk events in Sapporo at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. An experienced team of five marathon runners and two race walkers will compete across four days […]

Rhasidat Adeleke breaks Phil Healy's Irish 200m record and Irish U20 & U23 records

May 16, 2021
Rhasidat Adeleke had a night to remember at the Big 12 Championships in Manhattan last night, breaking Phil Healy’s Irish 200m record with a stunning 22.96 (0.8m/s).Adeleke finished second in her heat (4) when clocking the time while representing the University of Texas. IRISH All TIME LIST (AS OF 14.05.2021) The feat was made all […]

Brendan Boyce 9th in European Race Walking Cup

May 16, 2021
Brendan Boyce secured a fantastic top 10 finish at the European Race Walking Cup in Podebrady this afternoon. The Finn Valley AC man came home in 9th place in the 50k in 3:52:15. Boyce finished very strong, making up 5 places in the last 8k. Boyce has already secured Olympic qualification following a fantastic performance […]

Irish relay teams secure Olympic and 2022 World Championship qualification

May 1, 2021
It was a night to remember at the World Athletics Relays in Silesia21, Poland this evening. The mixed 4 x 400m team of Chris O'Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley, and Thomas Barr produced a stunning performance to finish 3rd in 3.16.84 NR which not only secured a place in tomorrow’s final, but also claimed Olympic […]

Irish relay teams touch down in Poland ahead of World Relays

April 29, 2021
Both Irish relay teams will be in action on Saturday (May 1st) at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21, with the mixed 4x400m first to take to take to the track at 6.35pm (Irish time).  The traveling mixed 4x400m squad is as selected and includes recent European Indoor Championships 4th place finisher Phil Healy. The Bandon […]

Aoife Cooke Secures Olympic Standard in Marathon

April 24, 2021
Aoife Cooke (Eagle AC) has secured the qualifying time for the marathon in Tokyo with a 2.28.30 performance at the Cheshire elite marathon this morning. The winning time smashed her personal best of 2:32:34, which she ran to win the Irish marathon title in Dublin in 2019. The result places Cooke 4th on the Irish […]

Irish Teams Confirmed at World Relays

April 15, 2021
World Athletics has confirmed the invitation of both Ireland's Women's 4x100m team and the Mixed 4x400m to compete at the upcoming World Athletics Relays Silesia21 to be held in Poland on May 1st - May 2nd.  The selected athletes are listed below. A top 8 finish at the World Athletics Relays Silesia21 for either of these squads guarantees Olympic qualification.  A […]

Irish European Indoor Championships team self-isolating following a positive PCR test on the morning of March 11th 2021

March 11, 2021
A member of the Irish Athletics team returning from the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland has provided a positive PCR test on the morning of 11th of March. As a result, all team members have been personally contacted and close contacts of the positive case in the travelling party are now self-isolating for a […]

Irish team set to take to the track in Toruń for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships

March 4, 2021
A record 733 athletes from 47 countries are set to compete at the 36th edition of the championships which take place in the Arena Toruń from 4-7 March. The championships commence at 6.00pm lrish-time on Thursday March 4th with the qualifying pool of the men’s high jump. Team Ireland will have a 22 athlete squad […]
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