Sport – Heffernan ready to impress home fans

Cork’s Robert Heffernan who finished a magnificent 4th.in the
gruelling 50km.Walk at the London Olympics last August is determined
to set a new lifeime best time for the 3km. Walk at the 62nd Cork
Ciity Sports to be held next Tuesday at the C.I.T.Athletic Stadium in
Bishopstown.

Irish sports followers marvelled at the tenacious fighting spirit of
the man from Togher who came tantalizing close to winning a medal and
was without doubt the top Irish performer on the athletic front at the
Olympic Games. Spectators now have a golden opportunity to see
Robert competing on home soil and acknowledge his London heroics.

He will chasing the challenging Meeting Record of 10 mins 59.04 secs.
set by Luke Adams (Australia) in 2010. The Australian was all set to
return to Cork next weekend but a hip injury which may now even
disrupt his World Championships preparations has forced the popular
Adams to withdraw. However the improving English walker Tom Bosworth
whose best time for the distance is almost as fast as the Corkman will
provide a stern test. His U’K compatriat Alex Wright and the
experienced South African Marc Mundell will also be in the mix.

Heffernan will have strong home support from fellow Olympians Brendan
Boyce, Michael Doyle and Colin Griffin. while some other Continental
walkers will attempt to spoil the party.

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