RTE Sport: David Gillick’s post Tokyo Olympics athletics analysis

Read David Gillick’s post Tokyo Olympics analysis plus some athletics facts from the Games. …

“….43 countries won athletics medals – Ireland wasn’t one of them.”…

“We will be having the same conversation post-Paris,” said Gillick.

“We need to really sit down and have a good debrief. There has to be questions asked.

“It’s how you build high performance. Is high performance an administrative role or is it more of a coaching role?

I think we’re stumbling around that, we’re not really sure how to implement it and what we’re trying to achieve.”


Some 2020 Tokyo Olympics athletics facts:

3 World records and 12 Olympic records were set. 28 continental (area) records were set along with 151 national ones.

A record 83 teams reached finals, with 43 teams featuring on the medal podium and 23 of those winning gold.

The tally of 43 countries with at least a medal is the biggest in athletics for more than 20 years. For 12 teams – Bahamas, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Puerto Rico and Uganda – athletics was their only way to the Olympic podium.