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World Championships - Day 3 2017

Claire McCarthy (Leevale AC) Finishes 33rd in Marathon


Sunday August 6th 2017


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Claire McCarthy, Leevale AC, produced a stunning performance, moving steadily through the field, from 5th place at 10k to finish in 33rd place, in a time of 2:38:26, a Seasons Best, and just twenty six seconds off her lifetime best. Claire's progress can be clearly seen from the splits below.


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10k - 58th in 0:36:58 Halfway, 13.11M - 46th in 1:17:57 30k - 41st in 1:51:21

35k - 37th in 2:10:20

40k - 34th in 2:29:51


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Claire celebrating afterwards with her husband Martin, and two of her four children


leevale ac world championship marathon support 2017 The Leevale Support Squad

Athletics Ireland Video with Claire McCarthy


Barr clears first hurdle

- Report by Feidhlim Kelly, Athletics Ireland

Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) lived to fight another day as he qualified for the 400m hurdles semi-final while Mick Clohisey had an excellent 22nd in the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London (August 6).

Barr was first up for the Irish on day 3 of the championships and eventually finished fourth in his heat in 49.79 after Kyron McMaster (British Virgin Islands) was disqualified for a lane infringement.

“I know where I can make up the time,” said Barr who wasn’t his usual bubbly self post-race. “That was a little disappointing but I’ve a second bite at the cherry.” The Waterford hurdler goes in the first semi-final, at 20:20pm tomorrow (Monday) evening  in lane 9 and includes Olympic champion Kerron Clement (USA).


Athletics Ireland Video with Thomas Barr

Mick Clohisey (Raheny Shamrock) put in his best championship performance finishing 22nd in the men’s marathon in a season’s best of 2:16:21.


Athletics Ireland Video with Mick Clohisey


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“I’m happy to get myself back on track with a strong, solid performance,” said Clohisey who struggled in the Olympic marathon in Rio and subsequently at the London marathon last April. “I wanted to get as high a place as possible and I got my tactics right.”

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15k - 41st in 0:47:29 30k -  37th in 1:35:39 35k - 28th in 1:52:12 40k - 21st in 2:09:02

There wasn’t such joy for Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham WSAF) who finished 63rd in 2:27:33. The Clare man was in no mood to make excuses despite struggling to take on his drinks from 15km into the race.


“It was a tough day at the office but great credit to Mick Clohisey,” said Hehir afterwards. “I’m not going to make excuses, championship running throws curveballs at you. The support out there was incredible. I’m so humbled by their support. I feel like I let myself down and the flag down. I really hope it’s not going to be my last opportunity to run for Ireland.”

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Claire McCarthy (Leevale) was another good performer in the women’s marathon finishing 33rd in 2:38:26. The 41 year-old mother of four was pleased with her efforts and just 26 seconds outside her personal best on a championship course. “I would have liked to have run a pb but there was a lot of twists and turns that took their toll later on. I gave it my all.”

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) bowed out in his red hot 400m semi-final in 6th in 45.42 – a very positive championship for the Tallaght man.

“I went out there and I had all the best guys in the world around me. It was tough but I'm fairly satisfied. It’s the best event in athletics right now.”

Athletics Ireland Video with Brian Gregan


Irish Athletes World Championship Schedule






Day 4 August 7 Monday

TimeCatEventStageAthleteEvent preview
20:20 M 400 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) Preview


Day 6 August 9 Wednesday

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21:30 M 400 Metres Hurdles Final Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) Preview


Day 7 August 10 Thursday

TimeCatEventStageAthleteEvent PreviewHeat Draw
19:25 W 800 Metres Heats - Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD) Preview Heat Draw


Day 8 August 11 Friday

TimeCatEventStageAthleteEvent Preview
19:35 W 800 Metres Semi-Final - Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD) Preview


Day 10 August 12 Sunday

TimeCatEventStageAthleteAthleteEvent Preview
07:45 M 50 Kilometres Race Walk Final Robert Heffernan (Togher) Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley) Preview
14:20 M 20 Kilometres Race Walk Final Alex Wright (Leevale)   Preview
20:10 W 800 Metre Final Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD)   Preview

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