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Tipp Man Thoroughly Honest After Euros Disappointment

Tipp Man Thoroughly Honest After Euros Disappointment

Seán Tobin finished 11th in the final of the 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Poland on Sunday evening.

For the Clonmel man - Ireland's last chance of a medal at the competition - it was a thoroughly unsatisfying result.

"Ah, pretty rough - that was very disappointing," Tobin told RTÉ following the race.

"It feels embarrassing, being honest.

"Clearly the head wasn't there. When it went, I didn't go and my mind was screaming at me to go. I don't know, I let it go and switched off. That shouldn't at these sort of levels.

"I felt pretty good coming off yesterday; today I felt pretty good. Still, it just shows our group - (Andrew) Coscoran was seventh and Paul (Robinson) was 10th (in the 1500m) - we're all good enough to get to a final now but that's not good enough for us.

"It's a step in the right direction."

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The 26-year-old, who ran a personal best in the 3000m heats on Saturday, added that his future lies in longer distances.

"I think the marathon is where I belong," said Tobin.

"I've always felt more comfortable over the cross-country and I've dipped my toes in the road [races].

"A lot of my training suggests I'd be strong aerobically over the long stuff. I'm here now because there are no marathon opportunities to qualify for the Olympics.

"That's just disappointing - I was the last man on for the Irish team and that's the last thing I wanted to do.

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"I did everything right until about a K (kilometre to go). Cearly, we probably need another year to get stronger, get together, and get more experience of being able to come back on back-to-back days like this.

"Again, back to your question, the marathon is probably the future."

Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

See Also: Drama After The Finish Line In Men's 1500m Final At European Indoors

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