Rob Heffernan announces retirement after 8th place finish at Worlds

14 Août, 2017, 04:31 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • Rob Heffernan goes to his supporters after crossing the line in London

Ireland's 2013 gold medallist Robert Heffernan says he is likely to retire after finishing eighth in the 50km walk at the World Championships in London.

It was a brilliant performance from the Corkman, a strong finish some him rise six places in the final 10km. "I think I ran out of road, I wanted to go out on a positive".

"It's hard to evaluate everything now but I'm happy I finished on a positive note", the 39-year-old told RTÉ Sport afterwards.

"Now to have the full set, and overcome the difficulties that I've overcome in my career, looking back I think it will stand to me for the rest of my life: to keep going when times are tough".

"I've done enough in the sport".

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"The body just lost that desire to be massively competitive and to massively hurt. The last 10k is okay but to do it for the whole race you need to be a bit of an animal - with no brain!" Instead it was Yohann Diniz, the French world record-holder, who powered away from the field after 5km to take gold in a time of 3:33.12, eight minutes clear of the field.

He was even able to take a swift comfort break when leading in the first 15 minutes before rejoining the race and destroying his opponents over the 25 laps between Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace.

Arai's team-mate Kai Kobayashi was a further two seconds back in third.

Later, Team Ireland's last competitor, Alex Wright, saw his 20km walk hopes ended when the Leevale athlete was disqualified for lifting. "It had been a great season overall and it's very disappointing".

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