Yohann Diniz

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Ireland’s Brendan Boyce moonwalks across the finish line as he came home sixth in the 50km walk at the  IAAF World Athletics Championship at  Corniche in Doha. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Brendan Boyce survived the most gruelling of events at the World Championships in Doha and turned in the performance of his career to finish sixth in (...)

Rob Heffernan crosses the finish line in eighth place in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He took a quick bow on crossing the finish line, as well he might, Rob Heffernan exiting the World Championship stage for the last time. His eighth p(...)

Ieland’s Rob Heffernan in action in the 50km walk. This Rio appearance leaves him the only Irish athlete to compete in five consecutive Olympics. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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 stran(...)

Rob Heffernan in action during the 50km walk. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He may not have won a medal but walker Rob Heffernan’s family and friends spoke with pride of his achievement in competing in five Olympics and finish(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Irish men’s 800metre champion Mark English has a relatively easy opening heat at the IAAF World Athletic Championships. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

(In order of appearance, times Irish) Mark English (UCD AC) – Men’s 800m (heats Saturday, 4:50am) After a rollercoaster summer, emotionally a(...)

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(...)

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