Top of the world

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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GERALDINE Finegan says she is on top of the world after discovering she has broken the world record for W50 decathlon.
The Newry athlete competed in Stendal, outside Berlin in Germany, where she collected maximum points over the ten events.
But it didn't become clear until 14 days later that Finegan had acquired enough points to be deemed unofficially a world record breaker, overtaking Rita Hanscom.
“It is great news, I am on top of the world and I feel like superwoman," said Finegan.
The Warrenpoint Road athlete has travelled all over Europe and each win has accrued points with each win as Finegan explains.
“If you run the 100-metres close to Usan Bolt's record then you would get 1000 points and the further away you earn less points. So over ten events I earned over 7000 points."
And she is delighted to fly the flag for Newry on the international stage.
“It is great to represent women all over the world but to fly the flag for Newry, which is such a small city is an honour," said Finegan.
“And I have people willing to travel to Newry, so they can train with me at the St Colman's track.
“It is a fabulous track but it would be great if the Council could install a section for the pole-vault.
“The people of Newry are my biggest supporters, especially the Newry Democrat, who have following me this last 15 years and it is great to have a bit of recognition in my own local City."
Finegan trained four hours a day, for six days a week over eight months but feels justified for putting in the hard yards after breaking the record.
“It is tough but it is worth it when you break a world record," Finegan said.
“The TV people in Germany were calling me the Power Woman and I have been invited to run all over Europe. In Germany they say Power woman, which here is Super Woman and that is how I feel."



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