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Olympic gold medallists Bob Tisdall and Ronnie Delany in 1988

Lovely to see Olympic coverage in the paper. Eileen Battersby lists “10 names forever etched in Olympic lore”, including the great Ronnie Delany who she says won “Ireland’s first, and to date, only gold medal on the track”.

However, 24 years earlier, on August 1st, 1932 in Los Angeles, in arguably the finest hour of Irish sport, Ireland won two track and field gold medals within 60 minutes.

Bob Tisdall on the track won the 400m hurdles followed by Dr Pat O’Callaghan winning his second gold in the hammer.

Simon O’Callaghan,
Islington,
London.

Irish Olympic track gold (Irish Times letters page)

Pic: Irish Newspaper Archive (Irish Press)