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Saturday 3 December 2016

Monahan looks to World Championships

Patrick Monaghan
Patrick Monaghan

For a third year, Paralympian Patrick Monahan of the Le Cheile club in Leixlip was first home in Sunday's SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon.

Monahan has a best of the marathon of 1 hour 29 minutes, which is the Irish record. That he did on a fast flat course in Seoul last year.On Sunday, he became the first ever wheelchair athlete to break 1 hour 40 minutes on the twisty, hilly Dublin course, when he finished in 1 hour 29 minutes 18 seconds.

After a disappointing outing at the Rio Olympics where he fell ill and did well to complete the marathon, Monahan is looking forward to next year's World Championships in London.

"The top fifty in the world will be there and the standard is at an all-time high, so it will be very tough.

"Their tactics are very simple - they go out very hard for the first five kilometres to try and burn off the slower athletes. If you try and keep up with them, you could blow up towards the end of the race," he says.

He feels he could get close to 1 hour 25 minutes. "Every course is different, though Seoul was fast and there's a fast course in Japan. They say that in ideal conditions a double amputee could go under 1 hour 10 minutes, though I don't expect to get anywhere near that!"

He'd love to see some of the big names coming to Dublin, where he's been out on his for the past three races. "If you are part of a group, it's a lot easier," he adds.

His year's work isn't over - in December, he will compete in a marathon in Lanzerote.

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