Gerry Kiernan Olympic champion who represented Ireland at the 1984 Olympics has passed. Gerry Kiernan was reported to have died today at the of 67.
His news was confirmed through the social media as friends and fans trooped in to bid their farewell tribute to the late icon.
The Athletics Ireland took to their official twitter handle to announce that Gerry Kiernan has passed on.
The tweets reads – We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry Kiernan. Jerry finished 9th in the Olympic marathon in 1984, and also coached many of Ireland’s top athletes, including Ciara Mageean and John Travers. May he rest in peace.
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry Kiernan.
Jerry finished 9th in the Olympic marathon in 1984, and also coached many of Ireland’s top athletes, including Ciara Mageean and John Travers.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/4FFk2EvMtv
— Athletics Ireland (@irishathletics) January 21, 2021
In 1982 and 1992 Gerry emerged the winner of the Dublin Marathon and became the seventh Irishman to run a sub-four-minute mile.
He was an institution! A sub- four minute miler, having ran 3.59.12 in June 1976 he went on to enjoy a stunning career as a distance athlete. On the country he was national cross country champion in Kilmacow in 1984 and one the national senior team title with Clonliffe on the extraordinary eight occasions (1980, 81, 82, 84, 87, 88, 89 and 92). It was however over the classic marathon distance that he made his name winning the Dublin city Marathon on two occasions, 1982 and 92 and of course the pinnacle his outstanding run in the 1984 Los Angela’s Olympic marathon when he placed ninth in a PB of 2.12.20.
Born in Listowel, County Kerry, Gerry Kiernan represented his native country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he finished in ninth place in the men’s marathon.
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