Super sixth for Boyce in Doha
Boyce produces career best performance
Brendan Boyce (Finn Valley) turned in the performance of his life to finish a super sixth in the men’s 50km race walk in 4:07:46 in the searing heat of Doha in the early hours of Sunday morning (September 29).
A 2km loop along the Corniche, the waterfront in Doha, saw Boyce produced a tactical and psychological masterclass with the plan put in place by his coach and race-walking legend Robert Heffernan.
Conditions were stifling once more but Boyce didn’t let that get to him and he gradually scythed his way through the field and moved strongly over the final 10km to seal a memorable performance. The race was won by Japan’s Yusuke Suzuki in 4:04:20.
“It means a lot and I want to thank everyone who’s helped me this year,” said an emotional Boyce who only missed three years of training this year. His coach Robert Heffernan said: “having watched the women’s marathon the night before we prepared to not have any excuses and I’m delighted it worked out for him.”
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Men’s 50km race walk
6. Brendan Boyce (Finn Valle) 4:07:46