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Heffernan wins gold for Ireland
Robert Heffernan became Ireland's first male world champion in 30 years with gold in the 50 kilometres race walk in Moscow.
The 35-year-old, who finished an agonising fourth at London 2012 last summer, strode away from Russian home favourite Mikhail Ryzhov in the closing kilometres to win in a world-leading three hours 37 minutes 56 seconds.
Heffernan follows in the footsteps of Eamonn Coghlan, who won the 5,000m in Helsinki in 1983.
Heffernan was Ireland's first world champion of either sex since Sonia O'Sullivan triumphed over 5,000m in Gothenburg 18 years ago.
"Its surreal, it's just a great feeling," he said. "When I came into the stadium it just felt like an out of body experience. It's hard to take it all in at the moment. I'm delighted."
The 35-year-old came to Moscow in fine form and was considered a genuine medal hope for an Irish team, although few could have predicted gold.
In a composed morning run, he was with the leading pack at the halfway mark and, when that group broke up, he went toe-to-toe with Ryzhov.
Heffernan, who was one warning away from disqualification, held his nerve and saw off the home favourite by a 62-second margin.