THE magnificent feats of a Tipperary athlete who won a gold medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games have been recorded in a new publication for schools which is designed to build up the momentum ahead of the 2012 Games in London.
Raised in Nenagh, Bob Tisdall qualified for the LA Games and ran in the 400m hurdles final. During the race, he was so far ahead that he thought that the other competitors might have fallen over. The break in concentration caused him to stumble over the last hurdle but he still finished in a world record breaking time and won a gold medal. He was the second Irishman to ever win a gold medal.
In 2000 at the age of 93, he jogged 500 metres of the torch relay for the Sydney Olympic Games. At the time of his death in 2004, Bob Tisdall was the oldest living track and field Olympic gold medallist. Now primary school pupils have a chance to read about and celebrate his fantastic feats in The 2012 Irish Olympic Team in London, a new classroom resource for primary schools.
See full story in this week’s Tipperary Star