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Name Thomas Barr
Club Ferrybank A.C.
Coach Hayley and Drew Harrison
Olympic Event(s) 400m Hurdles
PB 47.97 (2016)
Career Highlights
  • World    Student    Games    champion     in     2015
  • European     bronze  medallist  in  2018  but  his  greatest  performance   came   at   the   Rio   Olympics
  • broke the Irish record and was just pipped  for  bronze at Rio Olympics. 
  • Qualified  for  Tokyo  by  running  a  big  season’s  best  at  the  Paavo  Nurmi  Games  in  Finland,  his  fastest  time  since winning that European bronze in 2018.
Event Time Friday 30th July 2.55am 
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Name Michelle Finn
Club Leevale AC
Coach Feidhlim Kelly

Olympic Event(s)

3,000m Steeplechase
PB 9:29.25 (June 7, 2021)

Career Highlights

  • Michelle   narrowly   missed   the   podium   at   World Student Games in 2013 and made her Olympic debut in 2016 but has found brilliant form this summer, running her three fastest times  ever  in  June  2021. 
  • Her  PB  of    9:29.25  in Finland knocked a whopping nine seconds off  her  PB  and  was  less  than  a  second  off  Roisin    McGettigan’s    long-standing    Irish    record  of  9:28.29.  She  also  ran  a  1500m  PB  (4:23.28) in 2021.

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Sunday 1st Aug 1.40am
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Name Sophie Becker
Club Raheny Shamrock AC

Coach

Jeremy Lyons
Olympic Event(s) Mixed 4x400m Relay
PB 52:32 (Belfast, 29 May2021)
Career Highlights
  • Ran an a PB of 52:32 this year,  putting  her  fifth  on  the  Irish  all-time  list. 
  • She  was  part  of  the  women’s  4x200m  team  that  was  second  at  the  World  Relay  Championships in Poland in May, in a national record of 1:35.93.
Event Time Friday July 30th 12pm
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Name Chris O’Donnell
Club North Sligo AC
Coach  
Olympic Event(s) Mixed 4x400m relay
PB 45:55 (June 29, 2021)
Career Highlights
  • A     talented     soccer     player     before     he     concentrated   on   athletics,   the   three-time   national   400m   champion   went   third   on   the  Irish  all-time  list  with  a  stunning  45.55  in  Lucerne  this  summer,  knocking  over  half  a  second off his PB.
  • Part of team that secured the mixed relay qualification in Poland in May with a 3:16.84 national record. 
Event Time Friday July 30th 12pm
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Name Louise Shanahan
Club Leevale A.C.
Coach Phil O’Dell
Olympic Event(s) 800m
PB 2:01.44 (May 2021)
Career Highlights
  • Louise  was  a  European  Youth  champion  at  800m in 2013 and a European Youth Olympic finalist  in  2014. 
  • Injury  then  disrupted  her  career but she bounced back as Irish 1500m champion last year and her 800m victory at Nationals this year (2:03.62) critically moved her up three places into the top-48 ranking that clinched her Olympic spot. 
Event Time Friday 30th July 1.55am
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Name Andrew Coscoran 
Club Star of the Sea A,C.
Coach Feidhlim Kelly
Olympic Event(s) 1500m
PB 3:35.66 (June 2021)
Career Highlights
  • Andrew finally broke the four-minute mile in January  and  reached  the  European  Indoor  1500m.  
  • He   has   knocked   a   whopping   15   seconds off his PB this year and his personal best now ranks him ninth on the Irish alltime list,  just  one  place  behind  Eamonn  Coghlan.
Event Time Tuesday 3rd August 1.05am
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Name Phil Healy
Club Bandon A.C.
Coach  Shane McCormack
Olympic Event(s) 200m, 400m & Mixed 4x400m relay
PB 51:50 (May 2021)
Career Highlights
  • The  Irish  record  holder  over  100m  (11:28,  2018)  and  ranked  second  over  200m,  was  just  pipped  for  a  400m  medal  at  this  year’s  European  Indoors. 
  • She  is  a  European  junior  finalist and a two-time World Student Games finalist. 
  • Phil  Healy  won  her  14th  National  Title  this  year  when  she  won  the  200m  and  400m. 
  • Her  400m  PB,  set  in  Belfast  in  May, places her third on the Irish alltime list behind Joanne Cuddihy and Karen Shinkins
Event Time Friday July 30th 12pm & Monday 2nd August 1.45am
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Name Mark English
Club Finn Valley AC
Coach Feidhlim Kelly
Olympic Event(s) 800m
PB 1:44.71 (N.Rec, June 29, 2021)
Careeer Highlights
  • Fifth in the World Junior final in 2012, Mark has since won a European bronze (2014) and two  European  Indoor  medals  (silver  2015,  bronze 2019) and made semi-finals at World Championships  and  the  2016  Olympics. 
  • In  late  June  his  1:44.71  in  Spain  finally  broke  David  Matthew’s  Irish  senior  800m  record  that had stood for 26 years. It was also inside the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:45.20.
Event Time Saturday 31st July 1.50am
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Name Sarah Lavin
Club  Emerald AC
Coach Noelle Morrissey
Olympic Event(s) 100m Hurdles
PB 12:95 (Madrid, 19 June 2021)
Career Highlights
  • A  European  junior  silver  medallist  in  2013  Sarah  went  through  a  lot  of  injury  setbacks  but blasted back this year with six 60 hurdle PBs   en   route   to   the   European   Indoor   Championships.
  • This summer she ran under 13:2 consistently and finally broke the magic mark  for  100m  hurdles.  Her  12:95  run  in  Madrid  saw  her  join  Derval  O’Rourke  as  the  only Irish women to break 13 seconds.
Event Time Saturday 31st  July 2.45am
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Name Eilish Flanagan
Club Carmen Runners AC
Coach Damon Martin
Olympic Event(s) 3000m Steeplechase
PB 9:40.68 (N.Ire Rec, May 2021)
Career Highlights
  • A  silver  medallist  at  the  European  U23s  in  2019  and  also  part  of  European  Cross-Country U23 team silver that year. Eilish set a new N.Ireland record of 9:40.68 in Eugene, Oregon in May, knocking nearly two seconds off  Kerry  O’Flaherty’s  2015  mark. 
  • She  won  a  USA  Division  2  collegiate  title  and  silver  medal  (5000m)  this  year  for  Adam  State  University  where  her  twin  sister  Roisin  is  also on an athletics scholarship.
Event Time Sunday 1st Aug 1.40am
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Name Síofra Cléirigh Büttner
Club Dundrum South Dublin AC
Coach Mark Coogan
Olympic Event(s) 800m
PB 2:01.67 (June 2019)
Career Highlights

Never  beaten  in  Ireland  as  an  outstanding  junior  and  had  a  great  career  at  Villanova  University  (2014-2018)  where  she  was  on  eight  Penn  Relay  winning  teams. 

Síofra  was  one of the Irish half-milers who burnt up the indoor  tracks  this  year  and  holds  the  Irish  indoor  800m  record  with  her  2:00.58  in  Arkansas in February.

Event Time Friday 30th July 1.55am
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Name Marcus Lawler
Club Clonliffe Harriers A.C.
Coach Patricia Lawler
Olympic Event(s) 200m
PB 20:40 seconds (2018)
Career Highlights

Marcus  is  the  third  fastest  Irish  man  in  history,  over  both  100m  and  200m.  He  won  bronze  in  the  200m  at  the  World  University  Games  in  2019. 

He  ran  his  200m  PB at the Cork City Sports in 2018 which also qualified him for Tokyo.

He was a European Junior finalist in 2015.

Event Time  Tuesday 3rd August 3.05am
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Name Leon Reid
Club Menapians AC
Coach James Hillier
Olympic Event(s) 200m
PB 20:27 (N.Record 2018)
Career Highlights

Leon  is  Ireland’s  fastest  man  over  200m  (from   2018)   and   joint   third   fastest   over   100m  (10:30). 

He’s  the  reigning  Irish  200m  champion,  clocking  20:79  ahead  of  Mark  Smith (20:97) and Marcus Lawler (20:99) at this year’s National Championship.

A  former  European  medallist  at  junior  and  U23  level  for  Britain,  Leon’s  mother  is  from  Belfast.

Event Time

Tuesday 3rd August 3.05am

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Name David Kenny
Club Farranfore Maine Valley AC
Coach Robert Heffernan
Olympic Event(s) 20k Walk
PB 1:23.06 (March 2021)
Career Highlights

He was ninth in the European Juniors in 2019

On July 9 won a silver medal at the recent European U23s  in  Talinn. 

Event Time Thursday August 5th 8.30am
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Name Nadia Power
Club Dublin City Harriers AC
Coach Enda Fitzpatrick
Olympic Event(s) 800m
PB 2:01.01 (Sept 2020)
Career Highlights

Nadia  come  into  form  over  the  past  two  years,  marked  by  her  bronze  medal  at  the  2019 European    U23    Championships    in    Sweden  and  a  personal  best  of  2:01.01  in  Italy  last  September. 7

She  went  even  lower  (2:00.98)  in  February  2021  to  break  the  Irish indoor record which she’d set a month earlier. Has produced a string of consistent performances across Europe in May/June to secure her Olympic debut via her rankings.

Event Time Friday 30th July 1.55am
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Name Cillian Greene
Club Galway City Harriers AC
Coach Jeremy Lyons
Olympic Event(s) Mixed 4x400m relay
PB 46:18 (June 2021)
Career Highlights The  young  Galway  man  moved  to  10th  on  the  Irish  400m  all-time  list  with  his  PB  of  46.18  in  Geneva  this  summer  when  he  also  won his first Irish senior 400m title in 46: 38.
Event Time Friday July 30th 12pm

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Name Fionnuala McCormack
Club Kilcoole AC
Coach Alan McCormack
Olympic Event(s) Marathon
PB 2:26:47 (2019)
Career Highlights

Fionnuala’s     marathon     PB,     which     she     smashed   by   nearly   four   minutes   at   the   2019  Chicago  Marathon,  was  the  second  fastest  by  an  Irish  woman  after  Catherina  McKiernan.  

She   is   a   two-time   European   Cross-Country  champion  (2011&  2012)  and  European  Indoor  bronze  medallist  (2013).  Tokyo   marks   her   fourth   Olympics.  

She   made the steeplechase semi-finals in Beijing (2008),   raced   the   5000m   &   10,000m   (10th)  in  London  2012  and  was  20th  in  the  marathon at Rio in a 2:31.22 PB.

Event Time Friday 6th August 11pm

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Name Robert McDonnell
Club Galway City Harriers A .C.
Coach Brendan Glynn
Olympic Event(s) Mixed 4x400m
PB 46:59 (May 2021)
Career Highlights Irish  U20  200m  champion  who  also  took  400m bronze at this year’s senior Nationals. Robert  has  continued  his  rapid  rise  with  a  brilliant  400m  PB  of  46.59  at  the  Mary  Peters Track in Belfast on May 29.
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Name Cliodhna Manning
Club Kilkenny City Harriers AC
Coach Peter Lyons
Olympic Event(s) Mixed 4x400m
PB 53:07 (June 13, 2021)
Career Highlights Cliodhna came agonisingly close to breaking 53 seconds with her new PB at this year’s AAI Games and went on to take silver behind Phil Healy at Nationals.
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Name Brendan Boyce
Club Finn Valley AC
Coach Robert Heffernan
Olympic Event(s) 50km Walk
PB 3:48.13 (May 2019)
Career Highlights

Brendan secured early Olympic qualification with   his   PB   and   fifth   place   at   the   2019   European  Championships. 

This  season  he  had  another  top  10  at  the  European  Race  Walking Cup in Poland. Tokyo will be his third Olympics.  He  finished  26th  in  London  2012  and 19th in Rio 2016.

Event Time Thursday 5th August 9.30pm

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Name Alex Wright
Club Leevale A.C
Coach Lauren Wright
Olympic Event(s) 50km Walk
PB 1:20:50 (June 2019) 
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He booked   his   place   early   for   Tokyo with his 1:20:50 PB in La Coruna, Spain in  2019. 

He  was  10th  in  the  2018  Europeans  Championships and his sixth place led Ireland to  a  European  team  bronze  in  2017.

He  was  46th  on  his  Olympic  debut  in  Rio  2016  in  1:25:25. 

Event Time Thursday 5th August 9.30pm

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Sarah Healy
Club UCD A.C.
Coach Eoghan Marnell
Olympic Event(s) 1500m
PB 4:07.12 (June 2021)
Career Highlights

Sarah   was   a   European   Youth   Olympic   champion  in  2017  and  a  double  European  Youth   champion   (1500/3000m)   in   2018   when  her  4:09.25  put  her  second  on  the  European U18 all-time list and the fastest in her  age-group  in  32  years. 

In  2019  she  won  silver  at  European  Juniors. 

Her  new  PB  of  4:07.12  in  Sweden  this  summer  moved  her  to number six on the Irish all-time list. She is the reigning Irish 1500m champion.

Event Time Monday 2nd August 1.35am

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Ciara Mageean

Club City of Lisburn AC
Coach Steve Vernon
Olympic Event(s) 1500m
PB  
Career Highlights

Ciara first gave notice of her talent by winning 1500m  silver  at  World  Juniors  in  2010. 

In  2016  she  won  a  European  bronze  medal. 

In  2019 she added European Indoor bronze and made the World Championship final (the first Irishwoman to do so since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1997) where she finished 10th and set a new Irish 1500m record.

She holds the Irish indoor 1500m  record  (4:06:42  Jan  2020)  and  was  the  first  Irishwoman  to  break  two  minutes  for 800m with her 1:59.69 in  July 2020. Made semi-finals of Rio Olympics.

Event Time

Monday 2nd August 1.35am

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Name Paul Pollock
Club Annadale AC
Coach Andy Hobdell
Olympic Event(s) Marathon
PB 2:10.25 (2019)
Career Highlights

Paul  ranks  fourth  on  the  Irish  all-time  list  after  his  Northern  Ireland  record  at  the  Valencia Marathon in 2019, his last race over the  distance.  It  knocked  over  five  minutes  off  his  PB  and  also  qualified  him  for  Tokyo.  

He  was  32nd  in  the  Rio  Olympic  marathon. 

Event Time Saturday 7th August 11pm

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Name Stephen Scullion
Club Clonliffe Harriers AC
Coach  
Olympic Event(s) Marathon
PB 2:09:49 (N.Record, Oct 2020)
Career Highlights Stephen  initially  achieved  the  qualification  standard   when   he   finished   fifth   in   the   Houston    Marathon,    before    sealing    his    position  when  he  knocked  two  minutes  off  his  PB  with  2:09:49  at  last  year’s  London  Marathon,  just  34  seconds  shy  of  Olympic  Silver  Medallist  John  Treacy’s  Irish  record  of 2:09.15 set in Boston in 1988.  
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Name Aoife Cooke
Club Eagle AC
Coach John Starrett
Olympic Event(s) Marathon
PB 2:28:36 (April 2021)
Career Highlights

Her  2:32  run  to  win  the  Irish  title  in  the  2019  Dublin  Marathon,  which  knocked 14 minutes off her PB, encouraged her  to  rediscover  her  talent. 

Her  2:38.36  in  Cheshire  in  April  knocked  four  minutes  off  her  PB,  put  her  fourth  on  the  Irish  all-time  list and qualified her for Tokyo.

Event Time Friday 6th August 11pm

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Name Kevin Seaward
Club St Malachy’s AC
Coach Andy Hobdell
Olympic Event(s) Marathon
PB 2:10.09 (2020)
Career Highlights

Kevin’s PB in the Seville Marathon in February 2020 was the second fastest marathon by an Irishman at a time when the PBs of Ireland’s Ulster  marathon  trio  were  all  tumbling. 

He  also  ran  a  sub-63  minute  PB  for  the  half-marathon  in  October  2020. 

He  was  64th,  in  2:20, on his Olympic debut in Rio. 

Event Time Saturday 7th August 11pm

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