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Ciaran O'Lionaird

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Ciaran O'Lionaird

Gender: Male
Birthday: 4/11/1988 - 27 years old


Ciaran O'Lionaird 2014Name: Ciaran O’Lionaird
Date of birth
: April 11, 1988
: County Cork, Ireland
High School
: Leevale Athletic Club (Cork, Ireland)
: Michigan, Florida State, 2011
Current residence
: Eugene, Oregon
Primary event
: 1,500m
Personal bests
 • 1,500m, 3:34.46, 2011
 • Mile, 3:52.10, 2013
 • 3,000m, 7:50.40, 2013
 • 5,000m, 13:33.64, 2011
 • 10,000m, 28:32.30, 2011
Career achievements
 • 1,500m
   - Olympian, 2012 London Games
   - 2011 IAAF World Championships finalist
   - 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships qualifier
   - 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference champion
: He claimed the bronze medal in the 3,000 meters at the 2013 European Indoor Championships.


What is your favorite and/or least favorite workout? Favorite: Pace change workouts so starting at race pace then accelerating to a sprint. Least: Tempos.

Why have you chosen to live and train in Eugene? Coach Mark Rowland.

What is the most challenging moment you’ve faced as an athlete? My achilles tendinosis and subsequent surgery.

What would be your super power and why? The ability to make everybody in the world believe that my shower singing is good. It would be amazing to completely reverse popular opinion. 

What is your spirit animal/what animal do you relate to? A newborn calf who hasn’t discovered how to walk or run correctly yet. 

What is your favorite track and field meet? The Prefontaine Classic. 

What drives you to work so hard? Making up for London 2012. 

What is an interesting fact about you that we may not know? I have a considerable hatred for the texture of a tomato. 

If you could road trip across the country with anyone, who would it be? George Carlin or Christopher Hitchens if they were alive. Both are legends. 

What is the coolest experience you’ve had as a Nike athlete? Getting to interact and meet so many ambitious individuals, from product to marketing to coaches to athletes. 

What is your dream job after your athletic career? I’d like to work in Product Development for footwear. 

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration as an athlete? My Mum and brothers, who have been there all the way, through thick and thin.

What do you do to unwind after a long season? Go to some music shows and festivals and just get away.

What is the key to your success? Taking the ability I have and surrounding myself with the best support structures.

Which teammate inspires you and why? Sally, she has medals. 


My Results

  Pl Rd F/H# Mark Converted Wind Division  
2015 FBK Games - Hengelo
1500m 16 F 1 3:53.47 Open  

2015 Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic
1500m 10 F 1 3:41.04 Open  

2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Mile F 1 DNF Open  

2014 Fifth Avenue Mile
1 Mile Road 10     3:54.3 Open  

2014 European Athletics Outdoor Championships
1500m 7 P 1 3:39.79 Open  
1500m F 1 DNF Open  

2014 Ireland Outdoor Track and Field Championships
1500m 1 S 2 3:54.37 Open  
1500m 1 F 1 3:43.85 Open  

2014 British Milers Club Watford Gold Standard Races - July 16
1500m 1 F 1 3:37.72 Open  

2014 Morton Games - Dublin
Mile 13 F 1 4:00.88 Open  

2014 PreClassic.com - The official Prefontaine Classic website
Mile 11 F 2 3:57.99 Open  

2014 Jamaica International Invitational
1500m 2 F 1 3:41.74 Open  

2014 Drake Relays
Mile 8 F 1 4:03.64 Special  

2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships
3k 1 P 1 7:55.12 Open  
3k 3 F 1 7:50.40 Open  

2013 Millrose Games
Mile 3 F 1 3:52.10 Open  

2013 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
3k 5 F 1 7:53.69 Open  

2012 2012 London Olympics
1500m 13 P 3 3:48.35 Open  

2012 Morton Games - Dublin
Mile 6 F 1 3:57.02 Open  



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Men's 1500m Section 1 - HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic 2015
Mens International Mile - Nike Pre Classic 2014
Men's 1500m Final Jamaica International Invitational 2014
Men's Mile - Drake Relays 2014
Jordan McNamara and Ciaran O'Lionaird QA - Tracktown Tuesdays 3/18/14
OTC Elite Highlight Video 2012