140813SMC1605 At 5.30am (Irish time) on Wednesday last. Rob Heffernan lined up for the start of the men’s 50K  Walk at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Three hours and thirty-eight minutes later, after a scintillating performance, the Togher native  broke the tape to become Ireland’s third champion at this meet, joining Eamonn Coghlan and  Sonia O’Sullivan in an elite achievers’ grouping.
Unfortunately for athletics fans and sports lovers in general RTE Television didn’t broadcast the  race and subsequently suffered much heated criticism for the ‘blank’ via the social media.
Given the precarious financial situation that Montrose finds itself in, it was hardly surprising the  World Athletics Championships became a victim of its cutbacks.
RTE had broadcast the European and World Cross Country Championships in addition to the  National Indoor and Outdoor Championships but a spokesman confirmed the station “could not  stretch” to the rights for Moscow, claiming the station had to cut its sports rights budget by 25  per cent.