|Korzeniowski visits, races in Ireland
From AthletisWeekly (GBR), Feb 4, 2004
An Irish provincial town on a January night may not be the most likely of
places to see a three time Olympic champion in action but such was the case
in Dungarvan, County Waterford, writes John Walshe.
The world's no.1 50km race-walker, Robert Korzeniowski, was in Ireland for
a short visit to Jamie Costin, Irish recordholder over the distance.
His appearance at the Winter All-Rounder League, a weekly series organised
by West Waterford AC, attracted a huge crowd to see him receive
presentations from civil and sporting bodies alike.
"Robert is a close friend of our own walking star, Jamie Costin" said James
Veale, chairman of West Waterford.
They met for the first time in Mexico a few years ago and since then the
Polish legend has been very involved with organising training camps which
have greatly benefited Irish walkers such as Gillian O'Sullivan, Robert
Heffernan and Jamie".
Korzeniwski, who last August retained his world 50km in a world best of
3:36:03, set off with Heffernan in the handicap 5.7 mile event, with both
finishing comfortably in around 39 minutes.
"This is the start of my preparations for Athens", said Korzeniowski. "I go
on from here to France and then to Mexico at the beginning of March for
"My secret is not high mileage, but clever training intensity and
commitment. I do around 5000km a year, which may not be too impressive for
marathon runners, but it works for me".
Korzeniowski, who will be 36 just before Athens, will be bidding for an
unprecedented third successive 50km Olympic gold to add to the 20km title
he also won in Atlanta.
FROM IAAF WEBSITE, Pierce O'Callaghan
The rising success of the Irish sprinters and race walkers shows no sign of
letting up as both event groups grabbed the headlines of a very successful
Irish Indoor Championships, held in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern
Ireland at the weekend (14/15 Feb).
Poland's triple Olympic race walking Champion Robert Korzeniowski was
making his third visit to Ireland in as many weeks having already spent a
week at the end of January on a training camp in Waterford (along with
Robert Heffernan and Jamie Costin) as well as a trip to Dublin as the
Polish ambassador to the EU for the European Year of Education Through
Sport 2 weeks ago.
This time round the World 50km record holder and reigning World, Olympic
and European 50km champion was here to compete stormed through the opening
3000m of the 5000m race walk in 11.08 with Heffernan on his heals, before
accelerating over the final 2km to record a world season's lead of
18:38.79, and the fastest time recorded by the Pole since 1993.
The women's World 20km race walking silver medallist Gillian O'Sullivan was
hoping to open her Olympic preparations on a winning note and although
there was no repeat her world record performance of 12 months ago, the 20km
specialist proclaimed herself very satisfied with her 11:59.79 winning
effort in the 3000m.
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