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David Kenny battles through searing heat for top 30 finish on Olympic debut

Kerry's David Kenny marked his Olympic games debut with a solid top 30 finish in the 20km race-wa...
Neil Treacy
Neil Treacy

11.57 5 Aug 2021


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Kerry's David Kenny marked his Olympic games debut with a solid top 30 finish in the 20km race-walk this morning.

The Farranfore-Maine Valley athlete crossed the line in 29th place at the Sapporo venue, battling through the savage 32-degree heat. The race had been moved 700km away from Tokyo, to combat the temperatures and humidity in the host city.

Kenny's time of 1:26:54 was five minutes and 49 seconds behind the eventual winner Massimo Stano of Italy, while Koki Ikeda world number one Toshikazo Yamanishi claimed silver and bronze for the hosts Japan.

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For 22-year-old Kenny, it marks an exceptional year, after he claimed silver in the same event at the recent u23 European Championships in Tallinn.

The Kerryman is trained by five-time Olympian Rob Heffernan, who had a vested interest with two other competitors in the race. Heffernan also trains the Cork-based Callum Wilkinson who finished 10th overall, as well as South Africa's Wayne Snyman, who finished 20th in this morning's final.

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