Dick Hooper

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Dick Hooper
Personal information
Nationality Irish
Born (1956-08-26) 26 August 1956 (age 58)
Dublin
Height 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) Marathon
Club Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club

Richard ("Dick") Hooper (born 26 August 1956) is a former long-distance runner from Raheny, Dublin, Ireland.

Career[edit]

He represented Ireland in the Olympic marathon in Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988. He also represented Ireland four times in the European Championships - in Czechoslovakia 1978, Athens 1982, Stuttgart 1986 and Split 1990.

He is a three-time record-holding winner of the Dublin Marathon in 1980, 1985 and 1988 and he set his personal best time at the 1988 Irish National Championship in Wexford, clocking 2:12:19 finishing in 2nd place behind John Woods. He went on to win a record six national marathon championships winning his last in 1998 at the age of 42.

He is the younger brother of marathoner Pat Hooper,[1][2] and nowadays is a coach and an athletics commentator for Setanta Sports.

Achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Ireland
1978 Irish National Marathon Championship Tullamore  Gold 2:23:19[3][4] 18 June, 1978
1978 1978 European Championships in Athletics Prague 29th 2:21:01[5] 3 September, 1978
1980 Dublin Marathon Dublin  Gold 2:16:14 26 October, 1980
1980 Irish National Marathon Championship Tullamore  Gold 2:16:27[3][6] 8 July 1980
1980 Moscow Olympics Moscow 38th place 2:23:53[7][8][9] 1 August, 1980
1981 Irish National Marathon Championship Cork  Gold 2:15:37[3][10] 7 June, 1981
1982 Irish National Marathon Championship Limerick  Gold 2:12:56[3][11] 6 June, 1982
1982 1982 European Championships in Athletics – Men's Marathon Athens 11th place 2:20:51[12] 12 September, 1982
1984 Irish National Marathon Championship Cork  Gold 2:14:39[3][13][14] 23 April, 1984
1984 Los Angeles Olympics Los Angeles 51st place 2:24:41[7][15] 12 August, 1984
1985 Dublin Marathon Dublin  Gold 2:13:48[16] 27 October, 1985
1986 Dublin Marathon Dublin  Gold 2:18:10[17] 26 October, 1986
1986 1986 European Athletics Championships – Men's marathon Stuttgart 16th place 2:17.45[18] 30 August, 1986
1987 1987 Dublin Marathon Dublin  Bronze 2:14:36[19] 25 October, 1987
1988 Irish National Marathon Championship Wexford  Silver 2:12:19 PB[3][20] 24 April, 1988
1988 Seoul Olympics Seoul 24th place 2:17:16[7][21][22] 2 October, 1988
1990 1990 European Championships in Athletics – Men's Marathon Split 23rd place 2:32.36[23][24] 1 September 1990
1998 Irish National Marathon Championship Killenaule  Gold (2:22:08)[3][25] 19 April, 1998
1998 New York City Marathon New York 34th place 2:22:46[26] 1 November 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference
  2. ^ My Club: Raheny Shamrock AC by IAN O'RIORDAN, published by The Irish Times - Monday, October 26, 1998
  3. ^ a b c d e f g http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/roh-outdoor-1873-2013-final-version3.pdf
  4. ^ Irish Times, 19 June, 1978, pg. 4
  5. ^ Irish Times, 4 September 1978, pg. 4
  6. ^ Irish Times, 19 May, 1980, pg. 4
  7. ^ a b c http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/irish-athletics-olympians-1896-20121apr2013.pdf
  8. ^ Irish Times, 2 August, 1980, pg. 3
  9. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1980/ATH/mens-marathon.html
  10. ^ Irish Times, 8 June, 1981, pg. 4
  11. ^ Irish Times, 7 June, 1982, pg. 4
  12. ^ Irish Times, 13 September, 1982, pg. 3
  13. ^ Irish Times, 24 April, 1984, pg. 3
  14. ^ Placed 2nd in race, but awarded the National Marathon title after Jerry Kiernan was disqualified for breaking the IAAF rule regarding the size of advertising lettering on his singlet
  15. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1984/ATH/mens-marathon.html
  16. ^ Irish Times, 28 October, 1985, pg. 1 and pg. 3
  17. ^ Irish Times, 27 October, 1986, pg. 3
  18. ^ Irish Times, 1 September, 1986, pg. 3
  19. ^ Irish Times, 26 October, 1987, pg. 5
  20. ^ Irish Times, 25 April, 1988, pg. 5
  21. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1988/ATH/mens-marathon.html
  22. ^ Irish Times, 3 October, 1988, pg. 7
  23. ^ 1990 European Athletics Championships – Men's Marathon
  24. ^ Irish Times, 2 September, 1990, Sport pg. 5
  25. ^ Irish Times, 20 April, 1998, pg A4
  26. ^ Irish Times, 2 November 1998, pg. A3