Olive Loughnane

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Olive Loughnane
Personal information
Born (1976-01-14) January 14, 1976 (age 42)
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 an Irish retired race walker. She is the 2009 world champion in the 20 km walk.


Loughnane competed at four Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and six consecutive editions of the World Championships in Athletics. She won a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships after the disqualification of the original gold medallist for a drug offence.[1] As of December 2016, Loughnane had not received the prize money.[2]

Loughnane failed to finish the walk at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She had a win on the 2011 World Race Walking circuit at the Dudinska Patdesiatka in March 2011.[3]

Loughnane announced her retirement in February 2013.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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 husband Martin Corkery and their three children. She is a graduate of NUI Galway.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Ireland
1999 World Race Walking Cup Mézidon-Canon, France 91st 20 km 1:48:04
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 35th 20 km 1:38:23
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 26th 20 km 1:36:50
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 13th 20 km 1:35:24
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 13th 20 km 1:33:08
World Race Walking Cup Torino, Italy 20 km DNF
2003 World Championships Paris, France 12th 20 km 1:30:53
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 20 km DNF
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 20 km DQ
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 17th 20 km 1:36:00
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 20 km 1:27:45
World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 6th 20 km 1:29:17
2009 European Race Walking Cup Metz, France 4th 20 km 1:34:52
World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 20 km 1:28:58
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 20 km DNF
2011 European Race Walking Cup Olhão, Portugal 20 km DQ
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 16th 20 km 1:34:02
2012 World Race Walking Cup Saransk, Russia 8th 20 km 1:31:32
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 13th 20 km 1:29:39


  1. ^ "Golden girl Olive Loughnane must wait for medal". RTÉ. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  2. ^ Ellingworth, James (1 December 2016). "Clean athletes still waiting for prize money from dopers". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Juck, Alfons (2011-03-27). Toth sets 50km road world lead 3:39:46. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-28.
  4. ^ The Score (2013-02-12). ‘One of Ireland’s best’: Olive Loughnane retires from athletics. The Score. Retrieved on 2013-02-12.
  5. ^ "Interesting Facts And History About NUI Galway". Archived from the original on 30 May 2015.