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Olive Loughane to compete at Irish Indoors in Belfast

Olive Loughnane
Olive Loughnane won silver at last year's World Championships in Berlin

World silver medalist Olive Loughnane will compete in next month's Irish Indoor Championships in Belfast.

The Irish walker took her brilliant silver in the 20K event at last year's World Championships in Berlin.

That performance earned the 34-year-old Galway woman the Irish athlete of the the year award.

Robert Heffernan (Togher AC), Colin Griffin (Balinamore AC) and Jamie Costin (West Waterford AC) will line up in the men's 5km walk on 6 February.

Loughnane clocked 1:28.58 to take the silver behind winner Russia's Olga Kaniskina in Berlin.

Loughnane battled through the 26 degree heat in Berlin to join an elite group of Irish athletes who have won medals at the World Championships alongside fellow race walker Gillian O'Sullivan, Eamonn Coghlan and Sonia O'Sullivan.

Loughnane will be joined at the Odyssey Arena by Kate Veale, one of Ireland's most talented up and coming Race Walkers.

The Waterford AC athlete, who is mentored by Jamie Costin, set a new Irish record of 13:18.20 minutes at the AAI Games on the 17 January.

Reigning champion, Laura Reynolds of Mohill AC will also be looking to produce a good performance.

Reynolds recorded a personal best of 1:43:07 when placing 15th in the 20km Walk at the European U23 Championships last year.

This is the seventh Irish Indoors meeting at the Odyssey Arena which has been made possible by the assistance of title sponsor Woodie's DIY and funding partners Belfast City Council.

Other big names set to compete in Belfast on 6/7 February include Derval O'Rourke, Ciara Mageean and James McIlroy, who will begin a comeback to the sport at the meeting.

Upwards of 1,000 athletes will be participating, representing a mixture of local and international competitors.

see also
McIlroy ready to launch comeback
15 Jan 10 |  Athletics
O'Rourke set for Irish Indoors
17 Dec 09 |  Athletics
Ohuruogu beaten in Irish Indoors
08 Feb 09 |  Athletics

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