Tuesday, June 28, 2011
RTE...This Sporting Life...Catherina McKiernan
The performances and times she ran back in the 90's were nothing short of amazing....
Winner of 4 silver medals in a row in the World Cross Country Championships......1992-1995
Winner of the European Cross Country Championships in 1994
Winner of the Berlin Marathon in 1997 in a time of 2:23:44, a new Irish record and the fastest debut ever by a woman at the time
Winner of the London Marathon in 1998 in a time of 2:26:26
Winner of the Amsterdam Marathon in the same year in a time of 2:22:23.....avg 5:26 per mile.....beating her previous best time to set a new Irish record.......which still stands to this day. The next closest time by another person is 2:28.
Winner of the Lisbon Half-Marathon in Lisbon in a time of 67:50........an average of 5:10 per mile.
Having watched the video clip, you'd have to wonder if there are other undiscovered 'Catherina McKiernans' out there? People who have the ability to go on and represent their country but are instead wasted on other sports by inward looking schools, clubs or coaches?
The 25 minute programme can be seen on the RTE website HERE until the 6th of July