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Rob Heffernan is the first Irish athlete to  be  selected for five consecutive summer Olympic Games after being named among a 17-strong team for Rio. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not the largest ever Irish athletics team being sent to the Olympics but it’s already somewhat historic, Rob Heffernan becoming the first athlet(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Russian race walker Alexander Yargunkin will not compete in Saturday’s 50km at the World Championships following reports that he has failed a drugs te(...)

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was always going to be some element of luck needed for both Mark English and Thomas Barr if they were to make a World Championships final in the(...)

Mark English finished fifth in the semi-finals of the 800m at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

No luck for the Irish on day two of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing, with both Mark English and Thomas Barr missing out on a place in the(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Kelly Proper in action during the long jump at the Cork City Sports, CIT, last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/ Inpho

This was a sprint when he’s aiming for more than a full marathon distance longer, although Robert Heffernan was still thrown a little off track in Co(...)

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