Colin achieves career best result after Russian bust

Colin Griffin
A year after his retirement, Colin Griffin was last week finally credited with one of his best ever performances after news of a spate of positive drug tests in Russian race walking.

A year after his retirement, Colin Griffin was last week finally credited with one of his best ever performances after news of a spate of positive drug tests in Russian race walking.

Colin, who was a guest at Thursday’s Leitrim GAA Supporters Club launch, was elevated to 12th place at the 2012 World Cup in Saransk in Russia, a race in which he initially finished 15th in a time of 3.52.55.

The news of the bans for five Russian race-walkers had an immediate effect on Irish athletics as Galway’s Oliver Loughnane was immediately upgraded to the gold medal from the 2009 World Championships.

Commenting on Facebook, Colin Griffin wrote “A landmark day for my sport. More Russian athletes suspended and retrospective bans imposed that affect Irish athletes including myself.

“As for myself - one of my best career performances has turned out even better. At the 2012 World Cup, where I achieved Olympic qualification, I finished 15th on the day. I have now been upgraded to 12th!”