Damien English is The Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal- Meath West Fine Gael T.D.
After completing The Dublin Marathon, English posted on twitter.
Followers quickly questioned English’s splits, noting his fast time from 30k to the finish.
English responded, blaming a timing malfunction after the 30k point. He says that his time according to his tracker is 3hr 48 mins.
The questions continued: I was sent this screenshot which was also posted on Damien’s twitter feed.
Despite his assertion of a timing malfunction, the evidence that would be irrefutable would be the finishing line photographs. If the photographs prove that he crossed the finish line at 12:21:55, then he cut the course.
Finisher Photos Provide The Final Evidence
Steve is seen above crossing with 4:02:54 on the clock.
Steve’s official finishing time shows that he crossed the finish line at 12:21:55. I compared his time of day with others visible at the same time. (Some were identified using additional photos).
The evidence is clear. Damien’s finishing time is incorrect. His actual finish time should have been 1:02:55 PM, which would give him a total race time of 03:47:30. This is consistent with Damien’s twitter assertion that he ran the Marathon in a time of 3:48:00.
It is important to look at all information prior to calling someone out as a cheat. Initially, the data looked very suspicious.
I had the first part of this article written before the photos were available. I knew the photos would provide the definitive evidence, one way or another.
The evidence showed was simply a timing glitch – one that appears to be isolated. Every runner I checked that finished near Damien received the correct finishing times.
Initially this result looked very suspicious. This is a prime example of why critical to look at all information prior to calling someone out as a cheat.
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