Martin Fagan

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Ireland’s Thomas Barr performed admirably in Rio, coming fourth in the 400m hurdles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Con Houlihan always said he missed most of Italia 90 because he was away at the World Cup. Something feels similarly removed about being in Rio these (...)

Michael O’Reilly (right) fighting  in Baku: the  testing of his B-sample may  buy him some time to prepare his appeal against any ban. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not going to miss your bus. There is a standard preliminary test of Olympic efficiency, and it’s meas(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

Doping scandal: None of the athletes have been named. Photograph: Getty Images

Athletics Ireland has called for further clarification on the allegation that Irish athletes may have accounted for 3 per cent of the abnormal blood v(...)

Sara Treacy was one of three Irish athletes to make the qualifying time for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next year’s Olympics in Rio during a race in Letterkenny. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

That old feeling of waiting around for something only for it to arrive in multiplicity is certainly true about the three Irish women who qualified for(...)

Martin Fagan: 31-year-old athlete said he is “happier not running right now”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

So after much consideration it seems Martin Fagan has had enough of competitive running, retiring less than two months after becoming the first and s(...)

With his latest medical exams at UCD now over, English is ready to open his outdoor season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When an athlete with the intelligence of Mark English calls for lifetime bans for doping offences it’s definitely time to take notice. For Engl(...)

Martin Fagan ran inside the marathon qualification time for the 2016 Olympic Games during a race in Zurich. Photogrph:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Martin Fagan fully expected some degree of contention, and now here it comes: because in running 2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon Fagan has almost certa(...)

Ireland’s Martin Fagan has made the qualifying time for the Rio Olympic Games after running a time of      2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon in his first race back after a two-year ban for doping. Photo:  Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In running 2:16:09 at the Zurich marathon, Martin Fagan has quite probably qualified for the Rio Olympics, and almost certainly divided opinion.It’s s(...)

The Rio Olympics: only 475 days to go and each one of those will count for aspiring Irish athletes

Gore Vidal said us newspaper reporters should only be concerned about the present, not the future. And now more than ever that rings true. If anything(...)

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