Donegal’s Brendan Boyce has booked his seat on the plane to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo following a fantastic performance in the 50k European Race Walking Championships in Alytus.
Boyce finished in a Personal Best time of 3:48:13 to claim fifth place overall. The race for third was a three way battle between Boyce, Portugal’s Joao Vieira and Polish athlete Artur Brzozowski for much of the second half of the race. Vieira finished third with Brzozowski in fourth.
Tokyo will be Boyce’s third Olympic games, having previously competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Thomas Barr has finished third in the 400-metre hurdles at the Shanghai Diamond League in a time of 49.41 which was just half a second off the Tokyo 2020 qualification standard of 48.90.
The race was won by Abderrahman Samba of Qatar in 47.27 with USA’s Ben Rai in second in 47.80.
Barr will next race in the Stockholm Diamond League on 30th of May. His main target for the 2019 season is the IAAF World Championships scheduled from 27 September and 6 October 2019 in Doha, Qatar at the renovated multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.
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