Rob Heffernan is now world champion in the 50km walk, taking the title by some distance at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Heffernan came fourth in last years epic Olympic 50km final (which, for me, was a stand out moment) in a time two seconds faster than his winning time in Moscow. Of all track disciplines, the 50km walk is easily one of, if not the, most physically brutal and carries the risk of a disqualification on receipt of three yellow cards (Heffernan collected two and had to complete the race with the ever present risk of a third and disqualification).
Heffernan becomes only the third Irish winner of gold at the World Championships, after Eamon Coughlan and Sonia O’Sullivan. Exalted company, but well deserved, maith thú Rob.
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