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Boyce targets improvements ahead of Rio

Proud parents Margaret and Mandy Boyce, Milford with their son Brendan. Photo: Donna McBride

BY AIDAN O’DONNELL
DAYS after competing in his first Olympic Games, Brendan Boyce has already switched his long-term focus towards Rio de Janeiro and is confident of trimming more time off his personal best between now and then, following a debut to remember in London last weekend.

The 25-year-old race-walker smashed his previous PB of 3:57:03 by setting a new time of 3:55:01 en route to finishing in a highly respectable 29th in the exhausting 50k Walk.

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The Milford man only really began to compete on the senior international stage two years ago and in the meantime has managed to trim over ten minutes off a time he first set in Slovakia in 2010.

“I knew that I would need experience if I was going to make it to the Olympics so I decided I would do a 50k back in 2010 just to see what it was like and I did it in 4 hours 8 minutes,” said Brendan after returning home to Donegal this week.

He added: “So I was preparing for the A-standard 18 months on to have a crack at that in Germany and I took over ten minutes off, doing 3 hours 57 minutes.

“I consolidated that result again in Dudince in March, getting a new PB by a few seconds and in London I just wanted to take another chunk off that again and thankfully it’s all worked out.”

Boyce, a member of Letterkenny AC who has been based in Leeds for the last three years, was one of three male race-walkers representing Ireland at the Olympics.

Standard-bearer Robert Heffernan just missed out on a medal despite a late surge through the field, while Colin Griffin was disqualified after being red-paddled on three occasions.

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