LETTERKENNY AC’s Ciaran Doherty took a silver medal in the World Masters 3,000m steeplechase in Lyon on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Cruit Island Fisherman, who only took up athletics seriously in 2008, came home in second behind Spaniard Jose Luis Blanco, who medaled at the European Seniors and who had been part of the Spanish team for the World Cross-County Championships in Dublin.
Blanco won in a time of 9:15.24 with Doherty recording a time of 9:23.77.
Picture caption: Ciaran Doherty (right) with his silver medal. Race winner Jose Luis Blanco is also pictured.
Another Spaniard, Manuel Nuñez, was third in 9:36.72
Doherty won a World Masters Indoor 3,000m title in 2012 in Jyväskylä, Finland, while he won a bronze at the European Masters the same year and has won numerous cross-country titles.
In France on Saturday, he took the silver.
“It was a brilliant achievement in a great race,” his coach, Teresa McDaid, told Donegal Sport Hub.
“Ciaran went out hard for the first kilometer and Blanco kicked ahead on the fourth lap to get a gap.
“With two laps to go, Ciaran was closing again, but at 250m from home, Blanco took off.
“Ciaran ran a great race and can be proud of his efforts.”Tags: