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O'Lionaird may 'find something else to do with my life' following Olympics exit

The Cork native expressed himself candidly after missing out on a place in the semis this evening.

Ireland's Ciaran O’Lionard after finishing the Men's 1500m heats well down the field.
Ireland's Ciaran O’Lionard after finishing the Men's 1500m heats well down the field.

CIARAN O’LIONAIRD HAS expressed his disappointment after failing to qualify for 1500m semi-finals at the Olympic Games, suggesting he is considering his future in the sport.

Speaking to RTE, O’Lionaird said he will have to “reevaluate his life” and revealed that he may “find something else to do”.

“I was on a good plan before this,” he added.

The Cork native explained that he did not want to “dwell” on the failure and admitted that he was “eager to get away” from the Olympics and be reunited with friends and family.

O’Lionaird also suggested he was not fully fit to compete this evening, saying his performance was like “running on a flat tire”.

However, he explained that should he quit running, he’ll “find something else to compete in, because I’m a competitive guy”.

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Speaking to TheScore.ie’s Will Downing, O’Lionaird added that “he still isn’t where he was last year” and “that his achilles still hurts day in day out”.

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