Dublin: 15°C Wednesday 27 October 2021

Four years later, Rob Heffernan will finally be presented with his Olympic medal

The Irish race walker is looking forward to receiving the bronze at a special ceremony in Cork.

Heffernan during the London Games.
Heffernan during the London Games.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH RACE WALKER Rob Heffernan will at last receive his bronze medal for the 2012 Olympics at the beginning of November.

The 38-year-old, who is a former World Championship gold medallist, finished fourth in the 50km walk at the London Games, but was upgraded to third earlier this year after Russian winner Sergei Kirdyapkin received a disqualification for doping.

And Cork native Heffernan is set to be presented with the medal by Acting President of the Olympic Council of Ireland William O’Brien at City Hall in his hometown on 3 November, it was announced today.

“This is always what I dreamt about, being presented with an Olympic medal,” said Heffernan.

It would of course have been wonderful to have received it in London but now to receive it on Irish soil in my home city of Cork, with my own family, friends, supporters on the 100 year anniversary of 1916, is a fitting and very special way for Irish people to celebrate Irish Olympic sporting success.”

O’Brien added: “This occasion on 3 November is very special indeed. It is the first time an Olympic medal will be presented on Irish soil.

“It will be a very proud occasion of the Olympic Movement in Ireland, Athletics Ireland and of course for Rob, his family, friends and supporters.”


Get closer to the stories that matter with exclusive analysis, insight and debate in The42 Membership.

Become a Member

The event is ticket-only but you can apply to attend by sending your name, address and telephone number to: robsmedal@corkcity.ie.

The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

No refunds “at the moment” after Lance Armstrong pulls out of Irish conference

Bears lose QB to broken arm before Rodgers rolls them over

About the author:

Ben Blake

Read next: