Freddy Sittuk was the winner of yesterday’s Belfast City Half Marathon in 67 minutes and two seconds. For the second time in a fortnight the Kenyan was pushed all the way to the line by Foyle Valley’s Scott Rankin who finished just two seconds back.
Jason Smyth shrugged off the pressure of being red-hot favourite to win his third consecutive 100m title at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Smyth’s time of 10.64 seconds was almost one-fifth of a second outside his seasonal best and slower than his 10.46 winning mark in London.
Thomas Barr heads in to today’s Olympic Games 400m hurdles final having turned in the best performance to date by an Irish athlete at the Rio Olympics when he qualified for the final in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Well it has finally arrived. No more sleeps! The months, even years, of anticipation are over. The athletics kicks off at the Olympics in Rio today and a number of Irish athletes make an early debut in the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange.