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Neighbour Honoured - Joe Gough - West Waterford AC

Joe Gough, West Waterford AC, is EMA Master Middle Distance Award Winner 2018


ema middle distance 2018 joe gough aJoe Gough, West Waterford AC - Photo Credit: Alfred Hermes

West Waterford AC's Joe Gough, a frequent and welcome competitor at Cork events, including the annual John Buckley Sports Graded T&F Leagues, has been nominated EMA (European Masters Association) Male Middle Distance Athlete for 2018

European Masters Association Website


At the World Masters Athletic Championships, in Malaga, Spain, Joe Gough, world record holder M60 (indoor, 800m), won the 800m Championship, in a new European record time. He then continued, to win the 1500m Championship. He went on to win gold, at the same distances, at the EMACI Championships, in Madrid, Spain.


Joe Gough (M65, IRE) - International record in 2018

800m (2:16.37) –  European Record – Malaga

World Champion and European Champion in 2018

Indoor: 800m (2:22.36 ), 1500m (5:05.16) – European Champion in Madrid

Outdoor: 800m (2:16.37, ER), 1500m (4:49.63) – World Champion in Malaga


As early as 2016, Joe Gough was one of the fastest M60 800m runners in the world. As a result of his standing, he was invited to take part in a special event, for the (world best) M60 800m athletes, at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, in Portland, Oregon, USA.

Then 63 years old, Joe Gough entered the finishing straight with a narrow lead over Great Britain’s David Wilcox. Gough’s finishing kick ultimately fell a few meters short, as his legs gave out before the finish line. Wilcox won the race in a time of 2:15.90. Gough finished second in 2:16.01.


National 400m Record for Joe Gough

joe gough west waterford ac national m65 record june 2018

 Joe pictured with Pat Walsh, Cork Athletics, and Donie Walsh, after setting 1:01:56 National 400m Record


Joe also set a National M65 400m Record of 1:01.56, during Round 3 of Cork Athletics Graded Leagues, at CIT Track, on June 25th 2018


   400m - Men
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf Heat Pts Notes
1 Dion Marcus An Riocht 51.14 1 763  
2 Ciaran Nugent Carraig na bhFear 52.20 1 716  
3 Mel O'Callaghan Menapians 52.54 1 701  
4 Andrew Collins Skibbereen 54.03 1 638  
5 Seamus Rainsfort Cork Varsity 54.64 1 613  
6 John McGlynn An Riocht 59.66 1 425  
7 Joe Gough West Waterford 1:01.56 1 362 National M65 Record
8 Ger Leahy Liscarroll 1:12.81 1 85  
9 Michael Kiely Rising Sun 1:14.90 2 53  
10 Billy Caball Rising Sun 1:39.79 2    


Mens 400m Race 2


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