Race Walker Boyce warms up for Rio Olympics 

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Race Walker Boyce warms up for Rio Olympics 

Donegal race walker Brendan Boyce continued his preparation for this summer's  Olympics, in Rio at the Race Walk World Cup in Italy at the weekend.

Boyce, from Milford, a member of the Irish team for the Olympics, competed in the 20k walk at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championship in Rome, on Saturday.

He finished in a time of 85.30 which was below his personal best. The race was won by Zhen Wang from China, who had a time of 1.19,22 in the Rome heat.

“Brendan was below his pb and will be a little disappointed with his time,” said the Irish Road Walking Team manager Patsy McGonagle.

“Brendan and the Irish team, as a group, including Rob Heffernan were below their best at the championship, but they are in the latter stages of their preparations for Rio. He has put in some heavy training in recent months at camps in Morocco and Spain,” said Patsy.

The Rio Olympics will be the Donegal athlete's second Olympics; he also was a member  of the Irish team at the London 2012 Games. He finished in 29th place in the 50k walk in London.

Meanwhile, another Donegal athlete bound for Rio, Sinead Jennings, was competing at the European Rowing Championships in Brandenburg Germany over the weekend.

Jennings and her partner Claire Lambe finished in third place in yesterday’s B final of the lightweight double sculls.  The third place finish also meant a ninth place finish overall in the sculls. Jennings and Lambe have qualified for the Rio Games in the lightweight scull. This summer’s games will be a first Olympics for Jennings, a former World Champion.