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Glorious Moment As Corkman Defeats Kaka In Berlin Marathon

Glorious Moment As Corkman Defeats Kaka In Berlin Marathon
By Donny Mahoney
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Yesterday was a memorable day at the Berlin marathon. The world record fell as Eliud Kipchoge ran a staggering time of 2.01.09, and a hugely memorable, if accidental Irish sporting moment occurred.

It involves John Casey of the Togher Athletics Club, based deep in the heart of Denis Irwin-country on the southside of Cork city. As Casey was making his push to the finish line, a marathon photographer snapped a photo of former Ballon D'Or winner Kaka just behind him.

Kaka looks like his usual glorious self, with a barely sweat broken. The 40-year-old would finish in an impressive time of 3.38.06. Not bad for a first marathon.

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Casey however motored to the finish line at a phenomenal time of 3.30.29, which is great work for anyone, but especially for someone in the 55+ age category.

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Togher AC posted the following update on Casey's performance on their Facebook page yesterday.

Massive congratulations to Togher ACs John Casey who knocked it out of the park in today's Berlin Marathon in 3.30.29. What a run to be a part of, where a new marathon world record was set!
John has sent his thanks to all in Togher AC who brought him to the line, but it was only yourself that got you over it John. Special thanks to Senior Coaches Aidan Hartnett and Tony Kelleher for the training plan and Ray O' Connell for the fueling strategy which worked a treat!  John's personal highlight today was crossing the line with Kaka (Brazilian footballer)...we've looked up Kaka's result John and he finished in 3.38, so we think that means you are pretty much AC Milan athlete standard!
Berlin is one of the world's greatest marathons, and over 45,000 people from all over the world turned out yesterday to run. For John Casey of Togher AC, a savage performance is made even better by an incidental photograph featuring a true legend of football just behind him.

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