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Former Irish 1,500m champion remains in intensive care after being struck by car in Spain

Andrew Walker represented Ireland at the World and European Junior Championships.

Irish athlete Andrew Walker.
Irish athlete Andrew Walker.
Image: GoFundMe/Andrew Walker

FORMER IRISH 1,500 metres champion Andrew Walker remains in intensive care in Spain after being struck by a car last weekend.

The 41-year-old, who won the Irish 1,500m indoor title in 1997 and also represented Ireland at the World and European Junior Championships, suffered multiple internal injuries and shattered bones.

The incident occurred in Santa Brigída last Sunday morning, 1 July, close to where Walker has lived and run warm-weather training camps for athletes in recent years.

Among his injuries, Walker broke his ribs and sternum as well as suffering damaging to his spleen, lungs and heart. He is now out of critical condition following surgery.

Walker was training to compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in 2020.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the medical costs as Walker begins his recovery, and already €7,740 has been donated to assist his partner Maria, and young children Danam and Jane.

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