The Jerries

Meet Ireland's Olympic team: Mick Clohisey

Our athlete-by-athlete look at Ireland’s Olympic team continues with the Dublin-born marathon runner.

Mick Clohisey Mick Clohisey pictured at the Official Irish Olympic Team Kit Launch last month. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Event: Marathon

Who is he? A 30-year-old who has earned one of Ireland’s three marathon slots at the Rio Olympics.

Where’s he from? Clohisey is from Dublin and is a member of Raheny Shamrock AC.

Olympic CV: This will be Clohisey’s first time competing at the Olympic Games.

Road to Rio: Clohisey secured his qualifying time of 2:15:10 as he finished in 10th position in the Seville Marathon back in February, securing his place along with fellow Irish runners Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward.

When does he start? Clohisey competes in Sambodromo on 21 August.

What he says: “The conditions are very likely to be tough and hot. So it’s likely not to be fast and it’s just about getting in and battling and trying to finish as high up as I can. It’s hard to try to pinpoint a position, because everyone’s so closely matched, but I’ll be confident.” (FM104, July 24)

Medal chances? It’s a tough field and given that Clohisey isn’t even Ireland’s fastest qualifier for Rio, the odds are very much against him — two out of five Jerries.


And here’s something you probably didn’t know… He is affectionately nicknamed ‘The Claw’.

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