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Tokyo Olympics - Athletics Day 7

Thursday 05 August 2021, 01:00 - 00:00

Location DistanceTypeChampionshipPermitMeasured
Tokyo, Japan T&F/Sports No Yes N/A

Tokyo Olympics - Athletics Day 7

Thursday August 5th 2021


TV Coverage

RTE 2, BBC 1 from Midnight, and Eurosport 1 & 2


Date and Time: Thu 5 Aug

Note: Japan Time is 8 hours ahead of Ireland


Irish In Action

There is a strong Cork connection today, with four Irish Men toeing the line, including three walkers.  Between David Kenny, Farranfore Maine Valley AC, who heads tomorrow's Irish, in the 20k Walk, at 8:30am, and the 50k duo of Alex Wright, Leevale AC and Brendan Boyce, Finn Valley AC, who hit the road in Saporro, at 9:30pm (This is really an event from Friday's program), we have Andrew Coscoran, Star of the Sea AC, in Semi-Final 1 of the Mens 1500m, at 12 noon.

The three Walkers all have Cork connections: Alex Wright is a member of Leevale AC, while David Kenny, Farranfore Maine Valley AC, is a student at MTU (formerly CIT) and Brendan Boyce, Finn Valley AC, lives in Midleton.

8:30am (20k Walk): David Kenny

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David kenny, Farranfore Maine Valley AC - Student in MTU (CIT) - Photo: Giancarlo Colombo/Sportsfile


12:00 Noon (Mens 1500m Semi-Final): Andrew Coscoran - Semi-Final 1

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Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea AC) - Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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21:30pm (Mens 50km Walk): Alex Wright, Leevale AC, and Brendan Boyce

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Alex Wright, Leevale AC
Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Brendan Boyce, Finn Valley AC - Lives in Midleton



Session 14  1:00 - 7:05
1:00 Olympic Stadium - Track
1:08 Olympic Stadium - Track
1:10 Olympic Stadium - High Jump A
1:10 Olympic Stadium - High Jump B
1:16 Olympic Stadium - Track
1:40 Olympic Stadium - Long Jump A
1:40 Olympic Stadium - Long Jump B
1:50 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
2:00 Olympic Stadium - Track
2:09 Olympic Stadium - Track
2:55 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
3:00 Olympic Stadium - Triple Jump A
3:05 Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A
3:30 Olympic Stadium - Track
3:39 Olympic Stadium - Track
3:55 Olympic Stadium - Track
4:30 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
4:45 Olympic Stadium - Pole Vault A
4:45 Olympic Stadium - Pole Vault B
5:40 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
Session 1  8:30 - 10:05
8:30 Sapporo Odori Park
Session 15  11:00 - 13:45
11:15 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
11:20 Olympic Stadium - Pole Vault A
11:25 Olympic Stadium - Track
11:37 Olympic Stadium - Track
12:00 Olympic Stadium - Track
12:10 Olympic Stadium - Track
12:20 Olympic Stadium - Long Throws
13:00 Olympic Stadium - Track
13:20 Olympic Stadium - Track
13:30 Olympic Stadium - Track
13:40 Olympic Stadium - Track


Session 18  21:30 (-1) - 2:00
21:30 (-1) Sapporo Odori Park  

Athletics Ireland Preview

Tokyo 2020 August 5th Preview

European U23 silver medallist David Kenny (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) with lead out Team Ireland in Sapporo on Thursday morning


Kenny goes in the 20k Walk medal decider from 8.30am and the Robert Heffernan trained athlete, who became Ireland’s first ever race walk medalist at the U23 championships last month, will be looking to continue with his impressive form as he targets bettering his PB of 1:23:06


Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) goes in the first of the two 1500m semi-finals at 12:00pm having secured his place in the line-up with a perfectly judged performance in the heats on Tuesday

With the first 5 in each semi-final (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advancing to the Final, Coscoran will likely need to better his 3:35.66 PB in a race that includes the number 1 and 3 ranked athletes in the world

Coscoran has already shown his big race nous and will be bang there at the bell if this turns into a tactical affair


The men’s 50k Walk takes place at 9.30pm on Thursday evening where the duo of Alex Wright (Leevale) and Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley) make their Tokyo debuts

Wright, who booked his place early for Tokyo with his 1:20:50 PB in Spain in 2019 will be looking to better his 46th place finish on his Olympic debut in Rio in 2016 (1:25:25)

Brendan Boyce will be another looking to build on previous Olympic outings. Boyce finished 26th in London 2012 and 19th in Rio 2016 before going on to continue the progress by producing a 6th place finish at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019

The Robert Heffernan trained athlete has shown that sweltering race conditions are no barrier to his performance and the Finn Valley AC athlete will look to be up amongst the leading contenders as the race enters the final stages


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