The World Athletics Championship concluded in Berlin last Sunday with the event proving to be a surprise success for the Irish team. Olive Loughnane was the star of the team claiming a silver medal in the grueling twenty kilometre walk event.
Both Dervla O’ Rourke and David Gillick also performed superbly at the games with O’ Rourke missing out narrowly on a medal coming fourth in the 110 metre hurdles event and Gillick finishing 6th as the fastest man in Europe in the four hundred metre event.
On Saturday August 22nd Irish Athletes including Loughnane were warmly greeted at Dublin Airport by enthusiastic supporters. She was met by her family including her three year old daughter. David Gillick and Paul Hession who reached the semi finals of the two hundred metre event were also in attendance.