Ahead of the IAAF World Championships in London, lets recap on some historic Irish moments, plus the facts and numbers going into this year’s Championships.
1. At the inaugural World Championships in 1983, Irish great Eamonn Coghlan won gold in the 5000m.
2. Eleven athletes will represent Ireland at the World Championships in London 2017 – they are: Ciara Mageean, Mark English, Thomas Barr, Brian Gregan, Siofra Cleirigh-Buttne, Alex Wright, Brendan Boyce, Robert Heffernan, Mick Clohisey, Sean Heir and Claire McCarthy. (Paul Pollock misses out due to injury)
3. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Ireland sent a team of sixteen athletes (including men’s 4x400m team).
4. In 1993 Sonia O’Sullivan won the silver medal in the 1,500m in Stuttgart.
5. At the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg Sonia O’Sullivan then won her 2nd World Championships medal, this time gold in the 5,000m.
6. Ireland has won three race walking medals at the World Championships. Gillian O’Sullivan and Olive Loughnane picked up 20K silver medals in 2003 and 2009 respectively. In 2013 Rob Heffernan won Ireland’s first gold medal since Sonia O’Sullivan’s 5,000m gold.
7. Ireland has won six medals at all World Championships combined.
8. Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTE, will not be showing live coverage of this year’s World Championships. Live coverage options for Irish fans include BBC, Eurosport or the IAAF’s official live stream.
9. London 2017 will be Mark English’s third consecutive World Championships.
10. Rob Heffernan made his first World Championships appearance in 2001 and has gone on to compete in six World Championships. The World Championships in London will make it an impressive seventh for the 2013 world champion.