Galway was incredibly well represented in this years olympics. As well as Paul Hession making it into the top 10 fastest men in the world, Loughrea’s Olive Loughnane – sister of craughwell athlete Ann – performed admirably in finishing 7th out of 48 starters in a hotly contested 20k walk today.
Olive covered the 20k in an impressive 1:27:45 – only 1 second behind the 6th placed athlete and a little over a minute behind the winner which as in the mens was a Russian. Olive ran an excellently paced race, gaining race positions steadily all the time.
Well done Olive – you’ve done your country proud! Producing a PB on the biggest day of your life shows your mettle.