Rob Heffernan isn’t going to give up the sport he loves, even though he finished outside the medals in the Olympics 50km walk.

After the event he declared: “I still think I am good enough to win or, win a medal. So no, this isn’t the end of it.”

Heffernan, who won gold in the 2013 World Championships 50km in Moscow, said he loved the sport.

“It’s my life, it’s Marian’s [his wife] life. It’s my kids’ life. It’s a whole family affair and I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and kids,” he told RTÉ.

The 38-year-old said he tried to keep positive through the torture of the last 10km and that’s why he waved to the crowd.

“You just have to keep reinforcing ‘my kids are watching me back home, my family are watching me. All of Cork, all of Ireland. I have got so many messages off people in the lead up to this and I didn’t want to let them down, so I hope that I gave people back home a bit of a buzz. I’m sorry I didn’t win a medal but I hope I gave you something to cheer about.”

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