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Walking Tall: The Autobiography of a World Champion and Olympic Medallist: 2016

Walking Tall: The Autobiography of a World Champion and Olympic Medallist: 2016 (Paperback)

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Deemed too small for his school's Gaelic football team at the age of fourteen, Rob Heffernan took up race walking on a whim. Over the next twenty-three years, driven by a fiercely competitive nature and a dogged desire to be the best in the world, he strode his way to the pinnacle of the sport, becoming world champion of the 50km walk in Moscow in 2013. This year, he will be the first athlete ever to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games for a fifth time.In this no-holds-barred account, Rob describes his battles with injury, depression and abject poverty on his way to the top. Even when at his best, he often found himself cheated out of medals by those who crossed the dark line into doping. He candidly tells for the first time of the confrontations with Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council that raged in the background of his struggle for that prestigious Olympic medal.This is the inside story of how one boy's dream led him from the council flats of his tough upbringing to the winners' podium of the Olympic Games. It is also a frank chronicle of the sometimes nightmare-ridden journey it takes to make a dream come true.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSporting events, tours & organisationsOlympic gamesSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationTrack & field sports, athletics Publisher: The Collins Press Publication Date: 03/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9781848892880  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rob Heffernan, from Togher in Cork city, opted out of the life mapped out for him at a young age. Instead of following his father into a trade, he put everything into race walking, and made his way to the very top, winning an Olympic medal, a world title and many other awards along the way.

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