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Sunday best secures Olympic qualification for Ireland's Boyce

The race walker will compete at his third Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

Boyce is on his way to Japan.
Boyce is on his way to Japan.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

BRENDAN BOYCE HAS become the first Irish athlete to secure qualification for next summer’s Olympic Games, after the Donegal man produced a personal best performance on Sunday.

The 32-year-old booked his seat on the place to Tokyo after clocking a time of 3:48:13 to finish fifth place in the 50k European Race Walking Championships in Alytus, Lithuania.

Boyce will compete at his third Olympics in 2020, having previously qualified for London 2012 and Rio 2016.

The Letterkenny native finished 29th in 2012 and then, three years ago in Rio, improved on that with a top-20 finish. 

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