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Worrall’s Olympics Experience Rio 2016

Alan Worrall reports: They call it the “Greatest Show on Earth” and every 4 years the youth of the world assemble and provide to the peoples of the world, plenty of drama and excitement plus controversy and the joy and euphoria than no other event on the planet can match. It’s the Olympics and is Rio ready to party? Despite talks of boycotts, unfinished stadiums, transport and security issues and the risk of Zika.  The games of the 31st Olympiad of the modern era are about to commence for the first time in South America in the Brazilian city of Rio De Janerio.

Over the next number of weeks I hope to bring readers through my experience of attending an Olympics Games. This being my fifth Games to attend, the appeal of why I  and others go, will hopefully be explained by the end of my journey at these Games you might see why it really is the Greatest Show on Earth. I will introduce you to some great and genuine people I meet in Rio and the stories they shared with me whether attending Melbourne in 1956 and seeing Delaney win Gold or witnessing   many other defining sporting moments:  Cassis Clay in 1960 at Rome. Beamon and the long jump in 68, or the feeling of being at Munich in 1972 during the hostage crisis and its loss of life for those young people.  These images/stories we can now view on YouTube or sports documentaries.  But nothing beats being there back then, and talking to these fellow Olympic spectators who were there is an education and something I will always value dearly.

On Friday 5th August 2016 the Olympic Flame was lit in the famous Maracanã Stadium in downtown Rio heralding the commencement of these Games.  My own journey was to commence on Tuesday evening 9th August I said goodbye to my family and began my own Olympic voyage. First stop London Heathrow and then a flight to Lisbon in Portugal and then the final part of my journey with a 10 hour flight to Rio.  I landed in Rio on Wednesday 10th at 18:00hrs. I was collected by a rep from Track and Field tours UK and on to my hotel.  I was now part of the tour party made up of a great group of people for the UK and Ireland all experts in the sport of track and field.   On the Thursday 10th I awoke early and thankfully very little sign of jetlag and after a nice breakfast was followed by a walk with my roommate Tony Fahy from Corrofin/Galway.  I first meet Tony at my first games in Atlanta in 1996.  Tony like myself loves the sport of athletics and continues to run several times a week.  The “Olympic bug” bite Tony and he has had the opportunity to attend Olympics as far afield as Moscow, LA, Athens and Beijing and recent editions in London and now Rio.

The location of our hotel was a gift not only were we within a five minute walk from the nearest Metro station.  We were also across from the Marathon route.  In fact we were able to view the both races with the runners passing by the Hotel 6 times.  A walk beyond the marathon  route lead down to Flamengo beach and to the left was the Marine de Gloria where Annalise Murphy would win her well-deserved silver medal.  The view from my hotel room allowed me to view all the sailing races taking place.  So we really hit a winner with the hotel.  The rest of my first day’s afternoon was spent catching a metro to the famous Copacabana beach.

Copacabana beach is everything you would expect it.  All forms of life and cultures could be observed. Have a beer or a cool drink, watch the beach volleyball etc. I walked the full length of the beach where at one stage the temperature hit 30 degrees and this was Rio’s winter. Brazilian summer time is in January to March where temperatures can get up to the late 40’s.   I managed to spot the BBC studios as I walked towards Fort Copacabana where the previous Friday I had seen Claire Balding of the BBC welcome the viewers to Rio.  I really was here.

Next time:

  • Commencement of Athletics programme.
  • Meeting some familiar faces.
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • Mc Ginley Harrington, Power and Bubba Watson at the Golf.
  • Lost on the Metro?

Round up: Gary wins in Longford

Gary O`Hanlon was a clear winner, by nearly 14 minutes, of today`s Longford Marathon in 2:28.49. While yesterday Brian MacMahon finished 2nd in the Sligo Warrior Run in Stradhill, Co. Sligo (52.16). No other Clonliffe results this weekend, any missing (except parkruns) please text name, race, place and time to 0879599888.

Gregan wins 400 B at Diamond League meet

Brian Gregan signed off on his 2016 track season with a win in Lausanne, Switzerland last night. Gregan won the 400B race at the Diamond League Meet in 46.56.

Season`s best for Healy at Watford BMC

Conor Healy ran a season`s best for 1500 at last night`s BMC Meet in Watford of 3.51.01, this puts him on top of the Clonliffe performance list for 2016, placing 7th in the A race. Two places behind him was Eoin Pierce 3.56.86.

Corner boy talk!

Clonliffe Harriers are pleased to launch a new section of this web site: “Coaching Corner”. This can be found on the menu above, go to “Others” and use the drop down to “Coaching Corner”. This new section will be a valuable resource for coaches and athletes, for sharing of papers, article and ideas. At the very least it may lead to debate. The first posting is by Peter McDermott for middle and long distance athletes and comes at the opportune time of this building phase on the subject of the Importance of Conditioning. Read, think and discuss!!

Morton Gamers from Santry to Rio

With the Olympic Games now finished it is interesting to review the Track & Field athletics and to count the number of athletes who have competed in Morton Games over the past 6 years. An extraordinary 48 athletes who have competed in Morton Games competed in the Rio Olympic Games.

Pride of place in that list goes to Olympic 1500 champion Matt Centrowitz. Centrowitz won the Morton Games 800 in 2012, four years later he wins in Rio. 3000 Steeple Chase Bronze Medalist Emma Coburn (USA) was a 5th place finisher in the Women’s International Mile at that same 2012 Meet in Santry.

1500 olympic champ

Rio Olympics Game finalist Yohan Blake (JAM) was 4th in the Olympic 100 final in a time of 9.93.  Blake set the Morton Games Meet and indeed Stadium record and Irish All Comers record of 10.12 at the 2015 Morton Games.  Melissa Bishop (CAN) also finished in 4th place in the Rio, the 800 finals, Melisa won the 800 at the 2012 Morton Games. Another 4th place finish by a Morton Gamer in Rio came from Ireland`s Thomas Barr in the 400H settling an Irish national record of 47.97.

Other Rio Olympic finalists include Aisha Praught (JAM), Sara Treacy, Shelby Houlihan (USA), Gen LaCaze (AUS), Eloise Wellings (AUS) , Ryan Gregson (AUS), Hassan Meade (USA) and David Torrence

The full list of Morton Gamers who competed in the Rio Olympics is;

Yohan Blake (JAM) – 100

Henricho Bruintijies (RSA) – 100

Carina Horn (RSA) – 100

Rolande Palacios (HON) – 200

Winston George (GUI) – 400

Thomas Barr (IRL) – 400 Hurdles

Jehue Gordon (TTO) – 400 Hurdles

Mahu Suguimati (BRA) – 400 Hurdles

Sebastian Rodgers (GBR) – 400 Hurdles

Mark English (IRL) – 800

Jeff Riseley (AUS) – 800

Anthony Ramano (CAN) – 800

Luke Matthews (AUS) – 800 & 1500

Melissa Bishop (CAN) – 800

Lovisa Lindh (SWD) – 800

Angie Petty (NZD) – 800

Selma Kaijan (AUS) – 800

Ciara Everard (IRL) – 800

Charlie Grice (GBR) – 1500

Ryan Gregson (AUS) – 1500

Matt Centrowitz (USA) – 1500 Olympic Champion

Julian Matthews (AUS) – 1500

Robby Andrews (USA) – 1500

Hamish Carson (NZD) – 1500

Zoe Buckman (AUS) – 1500

Ciara Mageean (IRL) – 1500

Nikki Hamblin (NZD) – 1500 & 5000

Hilary Steillingwerff (CAN) – 1500

Eloise Wellings (AUS) – 5000

Shelby Houlihan (USA) – 5000

Gen LaCaze (AUS) – 5000 & 3000 SC

Emma Coburn (USA) – 3000 SC – Bronze

Aisha Praught (JAM) – 3000 SC

Sara Treacy (IRL) – 3000 SC

Kerry O’Flaherty (IRL) – 3000 SC

Lennie Waite (GBR) – 3000 SC

David Torrence (PRU) – 5000

Hassan Meade (USA) – 5000

Sam McEntee (AUS) – 5000

Rob Mullett (GBR) – 3000 SC

Andy Vernon (GBR) – 10,000

Zane Robertson (NZD) – 10,000

Ross Millington (GBR) – 10,000

Molly Huddle (USA) – 10,000

Luke Cutts (GBR) – Pole Vault

Chris Baker (GBR) – High Jump

Jarrin Solomon (TTO) – 4 x 400 relay

Renny Quow (TTO) – 4 x 400 relay

Slattery treble gold at National Masters

The National Masters track and field championships took place in Tullamore today bringing the curtain down on the track and field season. Matt Slattery was the star of the show in the Clonliffe colours cleaning up as he captured all three sprints titles in the O/65 category: 100 in 13.85, 200 in 27.95 and 400 in 64.75.

Another athlete to once again deliver the goods was Geraldine Reilly as she took her 3rd 800 title in a row winning O/50 in 2.38.67. Ger also took silver in the 400 (66.90)

The 4th Clonliffe master title of the day came courtesy of Declan Power as he won a keenly contested O/45 5000 in 15.47.55.  Also in the O/45 grouping Ronan Gately was 3rd in the 110h in a time of 21.21, Ronan also went in the 400 where after a 60.02 run he was 7th. Finally Pat Bonass was also in the medals placing 3rd in the O/70 5000 (22.59.22).

A walk in the Park!!

On a typical Dublin Summer`s morning in the Phoenix Park today the Frank Duffy 10 Mile took place….it lashed rain and blew a bit of a gale as well. Needless to say it was a day to forget the watch. Having said that the following are times recorded by Clonliffe athletes lead home by Gary O`Hanlon 5th in 54.08 : David Brady 61.09, Ernie Ramsey 61.22, Dermot Faughnan 64.07, Mark Bermingham 64.42, Niall Gorman 64.43 (where these guys doing a Hahner twins impression?), Fergal O`Shea 65.42, Conor Lucey 65.55, Colm McDonnell 69.07, Maura Matthews 70.24, Michael Gleeson 71.29, Stephen Tracey 71.46, Mark Dowling 71.51, Stephen Doyle (any missed text name and time to 0879599888)

Coming soon: Juvenile training the return!

A diary date for all Clonliffe juvenile athletes. The date you`ve been living for. Tuesday August 30th. Training resumes at 7.00pm. New members are most welcome, please be at the Clonliffe clubhouse for 6.50pm and ask for Gladys Cooper. Juveniles looking to join or indeed looking to give us a try must be accompanied on the night by a parent or guardian.

Weekend Round up

It was a quite weekend with few races on the cards and even fewer Harriers in those races that were available. A scan through various sites indicates that the only race with Clonliffe interest was the Celbridge 5k this morning where Sean Doran was 6th (16.21).

If we`ve missed anyone please text your name, the race, your place and time to 087959988. In fact if members could get over their modesty and start doing this from now on it would make life a lot easier….please!!


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