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Loughnane wins world silver medal

Olive Loughnane
Olive Loughnane finished behind Olga Kaniskina in the 20k walk

Ireland claimed a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday when Olive Loughnane finished behind Olga Kaniskina in the 20k walk.

Olympic champion Kaniskina defended her world crown with a clear victory in a time of 1:28.09 in Berlin.

Cork-born Loughnane, who was seventh in the Beijing Olympics, finished a distant second while Hong Liu of China took the bronze medal.

On Saturday Ireland's Robert Heffernan finished 15th in the men's 20k walk.



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