Letterkenny AC’s Brendan Boyce was a silver medal winner at the Woodie’s DIY National Indoor 30 Walk championship in Claremorris on Sunday.
Boyce came home second nine seconds behind Colin Griffin from Ballinamore in a nail biting finish with Michael Boyle from Tara in Meath in third place
After letting Griffin take a huge early lead of nearly one minute, the Letterkenny man fought back well and over the closing 10k to reel in Griffin and was closing rapidly on the Leitrim man approaching the finish line. It was generally felt afterwards had the race been 100 metres longer Boyce may well have taken the title.
Defending champion Robert Heffernan did not start due to a hamstring injury and Jamie Costin was a late withdrawal due to a rib injury.
Boyce has along with Robbie Heffernan achieved the qualifying time for the 50K Walk at the London Olympic Games and is one of four athletes chasing the three places on the Irish team for the Games.
The other two, who still have to make the qualifying times, are Griffin and Costin and all four are expected to go head to head at 50K race in Turkey, in April.
Irish 30 km Walk Championships
(1) Colin Griffin, Ballinamore, 2.15.17
(2) Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny, 2.15.26
(3) Michael Doyle, Tara, 2.20.23