“If I could have physically finished the whole race, I would have. I was hurt the whole way,” he said afterwards.
“My hip got tighter and tighter and I was running like a crab.”
That leaves Martin Fagan in the men’s marathon on Sunday morning and then Ken Egan in the boxing as the only two Irish competitors left at the Beijing Games.
The marathon begins at half past midnight tonight Irish time with the big one – Ken Egan v Zhang Xiaoping at around 8.50am on Sunday morning. for the light heavyweight gold medal.