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Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan Announces His Retirement After 8th Place Finish At World Championships

Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan Announces His Retirement After 8th Place Finish At World Championships

Irish Olympian Rob Heffernan announced his retirement from athletics this afternoon after his eighth-placed finish in the 50km race walk at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in London.

Frenchman Yohann Diniz took the gold in a new championship record, while Hirooki Arai and Kai Kobayashi took the silver and bronze for Japan respectively.

Heffernan spoke with Athletics Ireland briefly after the race:

I just ran out of road. I wanted to go out on a positive.

The Cork native finished in ninth place in the 20km walk in London 2012, but in the 50km walk he finished in fourth place just missing out on a medal, however four years later he was upgraded to a bronze after the Russian gold medallist Sergey Kirdyapkin was subsequently disqualified for doping and his finish was upgraded.

In 2015 after two hip operations, Heffernan woke up in a London hospital after his second operation to find the anti doping officials were awaiting to test him.

The test subsequently brought up a positive test and Heffernan had to wait five weeks to find out whether the IAAF would enforce a doping ban.

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He was cleared by the authorities after it was concluded that the drug found in his system was hydroxyethyl starch, a minor ingredient in the paracetamol used during the operation.

Here is the Twitter reaction to Heffernan retiring below;

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James Carroll

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