Olive Loughnane

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Olive Loughnane
Personal information
Born (1976-01-14) January 14, 1976 (age 39)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Country  Ireland
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 20km Race Walk

Olive Loughnane (born 14 January 1976) is a retired Irish race walker. She has competed in four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). Loughnane has represented Ireland at five consecutive editions of the World Championships in Athletics and she won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships.[1] Loughnane earned $30,000 in prize money from the IAAF for her silver medal. She failed to finish the walk at the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

Loughane was born in 1976 in County Cork, the eldest of seven children. She moved to Carrabane, County Galway with her family when she was a child. She currently lives in Coachford, Cork with her family.

She took a win on the 2011 World Race Walking circuit at the Dudinska Patdesiatka in March 2011.[2]

She announced her retirement in February 2013.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 35th 20 km
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 26th 20 km
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 13th 20 km
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 13th 20 km
2003 World Championships Paris, France 12th 20 km
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece DNF 20 km
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ 20 km
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 17th 20 km
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 20 km
World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 6th 20 km
2009 European Race Walking Cup Metz, France 4th 20 km
World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 20 km
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain DNF 20 km
2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 13th 20 km


  1. ^ "Loughnane takes a walk on silver side". Irish Times. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ Juck, Alfons (2011-03-27). Toth sets 50km road world lead 3:39:46. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  3. ^ The Score (2013-02-12). ‘One of Ireland’s best’: Olive Loughnane retires from athletics. The Score. Retrieved on 2013-02-12.