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Brendan Boyce finishes 19th in the 50k walk in Berlin

Fine performance from Milford man in intense heat at European Athletics Championships

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Brendan Boyce taking part in Tuesday's race in Berlin

Milford's Brendan Boyce finished 19th overall in just over four hours at Tuesday's 50km walk at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin.

The Finn Valley AC clubman was well in contention from the very start, and was in third place early on.

Even by the 32k mark, he was very well placed, and lay in 6th spot overall.

However, in intense heat, he slipped down the field in the closing stages of the race, eventually finishing 19th in a time of four hours, two minutes and 14 seconds.

It was a fine display from Boyce whose preparations hadn't been helped by injury.

Speaking afterwards, he seemed happy with his overall performance.

"Race-walking wise, I have only been walking three weeks and I have done all my aerobic work in the gym and on the cross trainer," he said.

"Aerobically I knew we were fit, but the question was whether my legs would be fit to withstand the last part of the race. I decided to be positive and go off strong and for the first 30k because regardless of what happened, I wanted to get something positive out of the race."

Meanwhile Chris O'Donnell was also in action on Tuesday morning. The former Magh Ene Bundoran student from Grange, who runs with North Sligo, was sixth in a season’s best of 46.81 in heat 1 of the 400m.

"It was experience here," he said afterwards.

"I’m going to come on leaps and bounds from here. I’m the third youngest competitor."