Boyce 25th at 50k walk in Moscow as Heffernan takes gold for Ireland

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Boyce 25th at 50k walk in Moscow as Heffernan takes gold for Ireland
Milford native Brendan Boyce has broken his personal best in the 500k walk to post a time of 3:54:24 and finish in 25th place at 50k walk at World Championships in Moscow.

Milford native Brendan Boyce has broken his personal best in the 500k walk to post a time of 3:54:24 and finish in 25th place at 50k walk at World Championships in Moscow.

The event was won by Ireland’s Rob Heffernan, a training partner of Boyle’s, which will be a result that will delight Ireland team manager Patsy McGonagle of Finn Valley Athletic Club.

Boyce, who is a member of Letterkenny Athletic Club, will be more than satisfied with his time as it topped his previous best, which he clocked at the Olympics in London last year, 3:55:01.

Heffernan pulled clear of second placed Mikhail Ryzhov shortly after the 40-kilometre mark and never looked in danger of relinquishing the lead in the closing stages.

Heffernan’s finished over a minute clear of the silver medal and his winning time of 3:37.56 was the fastest of the year.

The Cork man’s victory is Ireland’s first gold medal at the World Championship since Sonia O’Sullivan’s victory in 1995.