An Olympic Story

Louise Shanahan

Just a quick post to mention a wonderful Olympic story. Louise Shanahan (pictured above) from Cork is competing in the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 800m for Ireland. She is also in the second year of a PhD in Physics in the University of Cambridge, working in the Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics (AMOP) group in the Cavendish Laboratory. I wish her all the best in the heats on Friday 30th July and hopefully beyond!

UPDATE: Louise came seventh in Heat 3 so is now eliminated. She kept pace with the leaders before falling away on the final 150m stretch, finishing in a time of 2:03.57.

3 Responses to “An Olympic Story”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Here’s a good part of the backstory, from a recent interview with her in Cambridge:

    https://www.varsity.co.uk/sport/21733

    I presume that by “leave Cambridge” she means temporarily, and will be returning to resume her PhD.

    She is on an improvement curve and I predict she will do better in Tokyo than she thinks.

    • telescoper Says:

      Louise came seventh in Heat 3 so is now eliminated. She kept pace with the leaders before falling away on the final 150m stretch, finishing in a time of 2:03.57.

  2. telescoper Says:

    She only just made the qualifying time, and is ranked 46th out of 48 qualifiers, so realistically will do very well to get through the heats.

    I understood the “leave Cambridge” bit to mean she had to travel around to run competitive races to improve her time enough to qualify, which she succeeded in doing.

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