Matej Toth

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Rob Heffernan battled cramp to finish fifth in his fifth Olympic Games. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Not many athletes get to finish their fifth Olympics in sixth place, with the promise of a bronze medal to come, and for Rob Heffernan there’s a stra(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan (L) finished sixth in the 50km walk in Rio. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan has been moved up to fifth place in the 50km race walk, after he originally came home sixth on a sweltering day Rio. Hefferna(...)

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

Nine days and every possible superlative later not even Sebastian Coe could have envisaged it all ending so majestically. And not just the way Asbel K(...)

Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

He vowed not to surrender his World Championship title without a fight and so it proved, Rob Heffernan displaying typical courage and determination be(...)

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The last thing Rob Heffernan needs is any reminder of how difficult it is to defend a World Championship title. Especially in the 50km walk. In the l(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan congratulates the winner of the men’s 50k race walk, France’s Yohann Diniz at the  European Athletics Championships at  Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich. Photograph: Inpho

Hitchcock always said no drama should last longer than the endurance of the human bladder. He might have made an exception for certain sporting events(...)

Rob Heffernan talks to his wife and coach Marian Heffernan after he dropped out of the Men’s 50k walk at the  European Athletics Championships in  Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

If everything had gone to plan Rob Heffernan was exactly where he intended to be. Standing at the finish of the 50km walk, on the banks of Lake Zurich(...)

 Yohann Diniz kisses the hand of Ireland’s Rob Heffernan after the Frenchman won the 50km walk gold medal at the European Athletic Championships in Zurich. Heffernan dropped out of the race after 36km. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In the end it wasn’t the physical challenge which broke Rob Heffernan’s medal hopes at the European Championship 50km walk, but the mental one. Cut ad(...)