John Treacy

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John Treacy (born June 4, 1957 in Villierstown , County Waterford ) is a retired Irish long-distance runner and Olympic runner-up .

In 1978 and 1979 he won gold at the World Cross Country Championships . On the track he set two national records over 3000 meters (last 7: 48.0 min on June 9, 1979 in Berkeley ), three over 5000 meters (last 13: 16.81 min on June 28, 1984 in Oslo ) and two over 10,000 meters (last 27: 48.7 min on August 22, 1980 in Brussels ).

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow , he was seventh over 5000 meters and was eliminated over 10,000 meters in the run. Also at the World Championships in Helsinki in 1983 over 10,000 meters came out in the preliminary round.

At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics , he decided to take part in the marathon (his first ever) after finishing just a disappointing ninth place in the 10,000-meter run. With Carlos Lopes and Charlie Spedding , he stood out from the rest of the field for the last quarter of the way. While Lopes increased the pace further and achieved a sure win, Treacy fought for second place with Spedding until the end and finally won the silver medal with a two-second lead.

While he did not get beyond 13th place in the 5000 and 26th place in the 10,000 meter run at the World Championships in Rome in 1987 , he achieved further impressive successes in road running in the following years . In 1988 he finished third in the Boston Marathon in 2:09:15 h, the fastest time of an Irish runner to date, and repeated this position the following year. He also came third in the New York City Marathon in 1988, and in the same year he won the Great North Run in 1:01:00 h, also the fastest half marathon time ever for an Irishman. At the Tokyo International Men's Marathon in 1990 he finished second. In 1992 he won the Los Angeles Marathon and in 1993 as the last male native to date, the Dublin Marathon .

He took part in two other Olympic marathons: in 1988 in Seoul he did not finish, and in 1992 in Barcelona he finished 51st.

John Treacy holds the Irish records in 10 km (27:46 min, March 2, 1985, Phoenix ) and 15 km road running (42:47 min, June 26, 1988, Portland )

Treacy is married and has four children. He is currently Chairman of the Irish Sports Council , which is responsible for funding grants in Irish sport.

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  1. IRL Record Progressions - Track
  2. IRL Record Progressions - Road