The IAAF World Track and Field Championships are just around the corner and as the excitement builds over the coming days, the Irish team look set to take the games by storm.
On Monday, the squad that will travel to Moscow to compete against some of the best athletes in the world was revealed.
The 11 athletes comprises of six men and five women – all of whom will be hoping they can produce their personal bests if not better when it matters most, and maybe even come away with a few medals.
Of course, one of our brightest stars and biggest hopes coming into the competition is Brian Gregan.
The 23-year-old 400m athlete who last tasted success in Ostrava, Czech Republic in the U-23 European Athletics Championships by grabbing a silver medal, hasn’t quite reached that level since.
However, anything can happen on the day.
Another man in the squad who’ll be hoping to help the squad reach its potential is Mark English.
Clearly, the excitement is building in the Irish camp ahead of the big occasion, as testified to by the Letterkenny man’s war-cry on Saturday afternoon:
Not used to waking up with a 1:44.84 PB but I'll definitely take it! Pumped now for the world champs in Moscow in two weeks' time!
— Mark English (@markenglish_) July 27, 2013
American-born pole-vaulter, Tori Pena is also amongst the squad that will travel to Moscow.
Unfortunately for Pena, she didn’t taste success at the Olympics, failing in the opening round, however, she is clearly incredible talented – her outdoor Irish record of 4.52 metres clearly underlines that fact.
The rest of the squad is comprised of a very dedicated and determined bunch of athletes in the form of Robert Heffernan, Paul Robinson, Brendan Boyce, Paul Pollock, Jennifer Carey, Rose-Anne Galligan, Laura Reynolds and Maria McCambridge.
From an Irish point of view, let’s hope they do themselves proud.
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