This morning, a new Irish sporting hero presented himself to the nation as Robert Heffernan took gold at the World Championships in Moscow following a truly impressive and memorable performance in the men’s 50 kilometre walk.
Following what’s been a disappointing performance from the 11-athlete strong squad in Moscow, Heffernan took it upon himself to ignite the Irish camp with a bit of excitement on Wednesday morning as he literally strolled to victory.
His gold is the first for an Irish athlete since Sonia O’ Sullivan got her hands on one 18 years ago in the 5,000 metres in Gothenburg.
Of course, it’s hoped we don’t have to wait close to another two decades for our next gold, and with the current crop of young athletes getting better all the time, it’s likely we’ll get another sooner than expected.
In fact, we have another medal hopeful ready for action on Thursday morning in the shape of Rose-Anne Galligan. She’ll be performing in the 800 metres, and, ominously, she’s already broken Sonia O’ Sullivan’s national record.
For now though, Heffernan can bask in the glory of success, knowing his name will forever be etched in the history books.
Athletes, past and present, alongside pundits and spectators alike took to twitter in their droves to congratulate the Cork man on his wonderful success:
@RM_Heffernan Congratulations Rob. That was fantastic altogether!
— Tony O'Donoghue (@Corktod) August 14, 2013
GOLD..! He has dedicated his career to this…a tough & lonely sport..Massive congrats to Rob Heffernan #irishathletics
— Des Cahill, RTE (@sportsdes) August 14, 2013
Big congrats to Irishman Robert Heffernan – global gold in the most gruelling event of all, the 50km race walk. @RM_Heffernan
— Jason Henderson (@Jason_AW) August 14, 2013
Take a bow Robert Heffernan! That is magic! #athlete
— Jackie Cahill (@cahilljackie) August 14, 2013
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