Ciaran O’Lionaird (part 2): Episode 125


It has been two years since Ciarán last spoke to Jarlath on the show and a lot has happened for the Cork athlete. This week Ciarán speaks to Jarlath about his battle with a serious rehabilitation process following on from a career saving operation and the recent promising signs from his almost record-breaking form which should see him compete for Ireland in the Rio Olympics later this year.

Ciarán speaks frankly about the problems in athletics, why he believes the best thing that could happen track and field would be its omission from the Olympics, why athletics is a product people can’t believe in and why he doesn’t blame Kenyan athletes for doping.

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