Ciaran Doherty is crowned world champion

April 2012

Letterkenny AC’s Ciaran Doherty was crowned world masters indoor 3000 metre champion in Jyväskylä, Finland on Friday night.

Ciaran Doherty

The talented West Donegal fisherman struck gold in a time of 8:37:45 – less than half a second quicker than the fast-finishing runner-up, Fabrice Thiery from France.

Speaking after the race, Ciaran said he was absolutely delighted at his latest achievement.

“It was a really competitive race and I knew quite a number of my competitors had run faster than me,” he commented.
After getting out fast from the gun, Ciaran settled in to a steady rhythm early on inside the stadium. He was content to sit in fifth/sixth position in the middle part of the race and found himself being continuously clipped by the bunch. He made a controlled move at the start of the last kilometre for home. He ran his final kilometre in 2:41, passing a number of runners over the closing stages to clinch gold.

“I’m so happy that my training has paid off and that I got things right tactically. I gave it 100 per cent, I had nothing more to give, so I really couldn’t be happier,” said Ciaran, who was accompanied on the trip by his father, Joseph.

His success in Finland adds to his 3k steeplechase outdoor masters title in Sacramento last year, along with his bronze medal from national seniors in July.

Giving her reaction to Ciaran’s victory, Letterkenny AC coach, Teresa McDaid, said it was just reward for Ciaran who, she stressed, had trained extremely hard over the last number of months.

“This result is another great boost for everyone involved with Letterkenny Athletic Club, and indeed for everyone in sport in Donegal,” Teresa added.

It's been an eventful time for Ciaran - just last month he got engaged to Finn Valley AC's leading female middle distance runner, Theresa McGloin.

Final Results

Pos. Athlete Country Time
1.DOHERTY CiaranIRELAND 8:37.45
2.THIERY FabriceFRANCE 8:38.00
3.RUIZ FidelSPAIN 8:41.52
4.FERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ RauSPAIN 8:43.23
5.SYRJALA TeppoFINLAND 8:44.24
6.KERO JukkaFINLAND 8:46.72
7.NEDREGAARD KristianNORWAY 8:49.63
8.FRAMME ErikSWEDEN 9:13.80
9.KERO Jaakko FINLAND 9:19.98
10.ALCOVER LAGO Ignacio SPAIN 9:43.40
11.PIHLSTRANDTRULP Joakim SWEDEN 9:49.89
12.BELOUS Yuriy RUSSIA 10:14.16
13.VIRTANEN Jari FINLAND 10:14.19
14.WARSARITARANTA Jarno FINLAND 12:16.19
15.SAARI Lasse FINLAND 13:59.87
DNF.MUUKKONEN Petteri FINLAND DNF
DNF.STENHOLM Pekka FINLAND DNF