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Youghal’s Sinead Kane Helps Ireland To Tenth Position At IAU 24 Hour World Championships

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From The East Cork Journal.

Youghal’s Sinead Kane was placed sixty-seventh at the 2019 IAU 24 H World Championship last weekend.

The Youghal runner flew out last Friday to compete with the Irish team at the World Championships in Albi France, after winning a discrimination case against the International Association of Ultra-runners.

Earlier this year the Youghal based athlete was disqualified from the World Championships because of her disability.

To qualify, he visually impaired runner had run seven marathons on seven continents and ran 204.5km in 24 hours in April at an approved event in Birmingham.

Under IUA Championship rules, Sinead is not permitted to run with a guide.

The Youghal based athlete had argued that the ruling was absurd, considering she has already competed in qualifying events.

She claimed her guide is not a pace maker as he does not set the pace, nor does he block the wind to make her run faster. “He runs beside me to point out obstacles which other athletes can see.”

Overall, Team Ireland were placed tenth out of 27 competing nations.

Amy Masner ran 219,548km, with Lorraine Mahon completing 215,668km, and Sinead Kane finishing her 24 hour run on 185,848km.

American ultra-runner Camille Herron was the top performing woman, breaking her own world record at the 24-Hour World Championships.

Herron ran 270.116 kilometres, eight kilometres further than her previous world record of 262.192K, set at Desert Solstice in December 2018.

Aleksandr Sorokin won the men’s event with 278.973 kilometres (provisionally), a national record for Lithuania.