Gerard sets his sights on a place in
European final

Gerard O'Donnell clears the hurdle on his way to winning the 60m Hurdles at the Athletics Ireland Senior Indoor Championships in Athlone.
Having had his place in the Irish squad for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships confirmed, Carrick-on-Shannon’s Gerard O’Donnell has spoken about his hopes for the event which will be held in Prague from March 6-8.

Having had his place in the Irish squad for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships confirmed, Carrick-on-Shannon’s Gerard O’Donnell has spoken about his hopes for the event which will be held in Prague from March 6-8.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer ahead of his departure for the Czech Republic Gerard admitted he is aiming for a place in the final but acknowledged in his event, the 60m hurdles, anything can happen.

“The semi-final at the very least is my main target but once I get to the semi-final, the aim is to give it my best, run it as a final and try to sneak a spot in the final. Anything can happen in the hurdles, it is very rare you end up with eight finishers in a hurdles race. It is who is going to go rather than if somebody is going to go.”

The Carrick-on-Shannon Athletic Club athlete makes his Senior International debut next Friday in Prague, becoming the first athlete from his club to line out in a major Senior international competition.