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Olympic champ and World 800m record holder Rudisha for Galway

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KENYA’S David Rudisha, the current Olympic 800m Champion and World record holder, and Brother Colm O’Connell, coach to 25 World champions and five Olympic champions, are coming to Galway in September. The pair will participate in various activities in the city from September 11th to the 16th.

Their trip to Galway will include visits to schools on September 12th and 13th and a number of running events at Dangan Track on Saturday, September 14. The events, which are sponsored by the North Pole Marathon, will be used as fundraisers for Galway Simon Community, Self Help Africa and Education for Life, an AIDS charity in Kenya.

Event organisers are overwhelmed with the level of interest shown for the events. The school visit timetable is already filled but organisers are keen to stress that it is not too late to get your school involved. One such way is to have a dedicated 800m run especially for your school on September 14th. In fact, the same invitation is extended to all clubs, organisations and companies.

Why not run in your club colours or even your company t-shirts while waiting to watch the great Rudisha, who will take part in a Celebrity 800m event. Connacht Rugby is one club that are already on board and will have their own dedicated ‘Connacht Rugby 800m’ run. To get involved, simply visitwww.galwaykenyarun.com  or email galwaykenyarun@gmail.com 

 The day will also feature an elite mile where athletes will attempt to break the four-minute barrier in Galway for the first time. Admission is free and members of the public are invited to attempt 800m themselves to gauge how close they can get to Rudisha’s astounding world record of 1:40.91! Events kick off in Dangan at 1pm, with timed 800m runs for the public being operated every 10 minutes. The celebrity 800m will occur at 4pm and the Elite Galway City Mile at 4.20pm.

 Following the track activities, a further treat is in store: A Q&A session with Brother Colm and David Rudisha will take place at Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG. Organisers are keen to stress that tickets are selling quickly and advise that you purchase your ticket as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from Great Outdoors (Eglinton Street), Claddagh & Celtic Jewellery (Quay Street) and online at www.galwaykenyarun.com.

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Murphy proves the star of Tuam’s convincing victory

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Tuam Stars' Brian Mannion breaking away from Eoin Ó Droighneáin of An Spidéal during Saturday's Senior Football Championship encounter at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Tuam Stars 0-16

An Spidéal 0-8

Darren Kelly at Kenny Park

JAMIE Murphy bookended this senior football championship contest on Saturday with three point contributions to ensure Tuam Stars secured their second win in Group 1

The 2005 All-Ireland U21 winner was quickest into proceedings with three white flags in the first 10 minutes, but it was his three late frees that ultimately ensured Kevin Reidy’s charges the spoils.

Tuam Stars were the better team and An Spidéal didn’t reach the heights of when nearly turning over Moycullen the previous weekend. But with an ever growing injury list that had three additions over this hour, Tomas Costello’s squad can make a claim to be the unluckiest team in Galway currently.

Athenry was roasting and the water breaks returned but one of the most experienced campaigners seemed to revel in the conditions. Murphy was involved from the start and a kick from the left on two minutes got Tuam Stars off the mark.

And it could have been much better for the 2019 finalists when Gavan Connell played in Cormac McWalter on seven minutes.  Amazingly, their championship’s top scorer drew a blank here but that would have been different were it not for keeper Maghnus Breathnach’s save.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway rower Keogh adds to major championships’ medal haul in Munich

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The Ireland women's four celebrate their European Rowing Championships silver medal in Munich on Saturday, from left: Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Galway's Afric Keogh and Natalie Long.

OLYMPIC hero Aifric Keogh rowed her way into the history books last weekend, winning a silver medal at the European Championships in Munich.

The 30-year-old athlete from Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha followed up last Summer’s bronze medal feat with a second place finish in the Women’s Fours final on Saturday at the Olympic Regatta Centre.

Keogh, along with fellow Olympic medallist Eimear Lambe, as well as Tara Hanlon and Natalie Long, had a blistering start and led the rest of the field until the second quarter when they were overtaken by favourites Great Britain.

The Irish crew pushed GB all the way to the line, finishing just two seconds adrift, while seeing off a late surge from Romania and Denmark in third and fourth place.

A time of 6:52.99 was impressive given that the quartet had just four solid weeks training together beforehand.

The performance in their heat suggested a gold medal was a very real possibility but silver probably exceeded the expectations they had going to the European Championships.

This was Aifric Keogh’s third European medal; she won bronze and silver at the 2020 and 2021 championships before qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Keogh and Team Ireland now go into camp for six weeks in preparation for the World Championships at Racice in Czech Republic which starts on September 18. The ultimate aim is Paris 2024 and qualifying for that is 12 months away.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Claregalway bounce back thanks to facile group win

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Claregalway's Peter Divilly eyes up his options against Joe Monaghan of Caherlistrane during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium.

Claregalway 3-12

Caherlistrane  0-9

Kevin Egan at Tuam Stadium

THESE two teams came into Saturday evening’s clash at Tuam Stadium in very different frames of mind, given their contrasting experiences in the first round of this year’s championship.

Claregalway scored just 1-5 in their battle with St. Michael’s, and while Caherlistrane weren’t exactly prolific in their contest with Monivea-Abbey, the important statistic is that they scored more than their opponents, and thus had reason to have much more of a spring in their step going into this fixture.

However to clubs like these, one or two personnel changes can mean a lot. Claregalway manager John Fitzmaurice was able to call in Conor Campbell and Jack Glynn to bolster his defence, and while the latter’s performance was a pale shadow of those that lit up the intercounty championship this summer, he still represented a huge boost to the men in green and gold.

Campbell was even more influential, both in defence and when he was moved into a more attacking role, while for good measure, the decision to switch Conor Flaherty out of goals and into full forward bore fruit in spectacular fashion, particularly in the early stages when Claregalway were battering at the Caherlistrane door, but the lock was holding firm.

Meanwhile, Caherlistrane were without the services of both Éanna Glynn and Céin D’Arcy, meaning they weren’t where they wanted to be in terms of getting their best team on the field.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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