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Corkman Got Fist Bump From Kaka As He Passed Him During Marathon

Corkman Got Fist Bump From Kaka As He Passed Him During Marathon
By PJ Browne Updated
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A photo of John Casey running during Sunday's Berlin Marathon went viral earlier this week. It featured the 58-year-old from Cork passing Brazilian legend Kaka, both with the ache of the race on their faces.

Casey, who runs with Togher AC finished what was his first marathon in 3:30.29, just under eight minutes ahead of the 40-year-old Kaka. It was also a race which saw Eliud Kipchoge take 30 seconds off his own world record.

'Kaka seemed like a really nice guy'

"I was running with the 3:30 pacer group and we passed them at mile 21," Casey told RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Claire Byrne show.

"I call it the Covid handshake - he just gave a fist bump to me. We exchanged a fist bump as we're passing right and a smile.

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"Runners are a really inclusive bunch in general. It was just an acknowledgement. He seemed like a really nice guy. There were no airs and graces about him. He's a world superstar.

"At that juncture, the crowd knew that the world record was after being beaten around at mile 21, there was a big buzz in the crowd at that point in time.

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"Then the crowd were calling out his name [Kaka] and I thought no more of it and just ran on.

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"I didn't realise that the photograph was taken at the end and look, it absolutely has gone viral like in the last 48 hours, it's been absolutely mad.

"I was in pain [when the photograph was taken]. The photograph has touched people on a number of levels. The first thing [people said] was it's a great memory to have. The second thing is there's the shared pain of the marathon on both our faces."

Casey said he started running 10 years ago.

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"I did a few local races. A friend from school, Martin Casey, encouraged me to join Togher AC," he said.

"[The marathon] was a bucket list thing for me to do. I have a son, Jack, living in Berlin. It killed two birds with one stone. My family were there as well supporting me. I'll definitely do another one. I found my tribe in Togher AC. I firmly have the running bug.

"They are good times. Kaka put in the work. I don't have 20 million Instagram followers. I don't photograph my food before I eat it. I'll leave him to it. I don't think we'll be having a rematch."

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Pictures: Shutterstock.com

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