Brother Colm returns to Bish

 

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Brother Colm O'Connell returned to his Patrician home in Kingston and addressed Bish students in the school gym where he reminisced with them that he  "used to play indoor soccer here twice-a-week"  while studying and training in Galway in the early 1970's. He also brought along one of his protégés, current 800m Olympic Gold medalists and current World Record holder David Rudisha. The photo above shows David trying his hand at Hurling. More pics and reports to follow. They visited the school on Monday 16th September 2013. Photo includes Principal Ciaran Doyle and Brother Colm with Bish sports representatives.

Brother Colm is known as "the God-Father of Kenyan running".  25 of his athlete students have gone on to become world champions, and five have won Olympic gold medals. David - on 9 August 2012 at the Summer Olympics in London - led from start to finish to win gold in what has been acclaimed by the IAFF as "The Greatest 800 Metre Race in History". In so doing, he became the first and, so far, only runner to have broken the 1: 41 barrier for 800m.  David also won gold and set the record in front of Seb Coe who had held the record for 16 years. Seb Coe said  afterwards "Bolt was good, Rudisha was magnificent. That is quite a big call but it was the most extraordinary piece of running I have probably ever seen." To set this race in context -the time set by the eighth-placed Andrew Osagie would have won gold at any of the preceding 21st-century Olympics. The Bish have a long and distnguished history of Athletics and their teams are currently coached by Bish teachers Derek Murray and John Loughlin. John is pictured below with Brother Colm. Bish Irish International 400m Hurdles star Evan McGuire who has just completed his Leaving Certificate in 2013 also welcomed David and Brother Colm. Irish National Champion Evan held the unique honour of setting the original record on the London Olympic Track in 2012 winning an underage International race and he is also destined to be a future star on the International stage. Picture below shows Evan on his way to setting the record on the Olympic Track.

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