Probably the most dramatic bit. Mark Kirwan of Raheny had the ‘chase in his pocket, maybe 25m clear of defending champion Rory Chesser at the final water barrier. Trip, in he went! By the time he’d clambered out Chesser was on his shoulder and, unable to regain rhythm, he was then passed for the silver by Emmet Dunleavy.

Which reminds me, I don’t think I’ve seen an athlete hurdling the water barrier before as Ireland’s no.1 Fionnuala Britton does.

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