Heffernan 8th in Mens 20k Walk Final

August 16, 2008

Heffernan started the race strongly and was in the leading pack for much of the race. However, after the halfway stage, Jefferson Perez of Ecuador injected a burst of pace and Heffernan was dropped from the leading pack.Russia’s Valeriy Borchin won the Olympic gold medal in a time of 1 hour 19:01 seconds.

Still only 29, Rob was the highest placed Irish athlete at last years World Championships in Osaka, Japan, and achieved Olympic qualification at a Grand Prix meeting in Shenzhen, China.

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