Brendan Boyce finishes in fantastic 19th place in 50k walk


Brendan Boyce finishes in fantastic 19th place in 50k walk

Donegal's Brendan Boyce put up a very creditable performance at the Rio Olympics 50kn walk, finishing in 19th place, improving on his 29th place in the London Olympics.

The Milford man, while never in contention for the medals, will be very happy with his performance, especially given the conditions, which were very warm. For a short time he was elevated to 18th place after the Japanese who finished third was disqualified, but on appeal, he was re-instated

Boyce's time was 3 hours 53. 59.

The race was won by Slovakian Matej Toth, who overtook Australian Jared Tallent just before the start of the last lap. Tallent was second also in the London Olympics, but was later promoted to first after the Russian winner was disqualified.

Ireland's hope for a medal, Rob Heffernan, was in contention for the first half of the race, being in the leading group, but he faded to finish in 6th place. Ireland's other entry, Alex Wright, had to pull out midway through the race. Wright, whose father is from Tyrone, may have suffered because he participated in the 20k walk last week.