A CO Donegal athlete was tonight crowned a world champion – after winning the World Masters Indoor 3000metres.Ciaran Doherty, a runner with Letterkenny AC, powered home in the championships in Finland in 8:37.45 – 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival from France.The fisherman from Cruit Island’s incredible gold medal feat is even more remarkable for the fact he only took up serious atheltics in 2008 – at the age of 33. Now 37, the runner had a fantastic race in Jyväskylä.Athletics Ireland team development manager Teresa McDaid said everyone was “over the moon to have such a brilliant world champion.”There is huge delight amongst Letterkenny AC members this weekend – and among members of Naomh Mhuire GAA club where Ciaran was a regular a few years back.Said Teresa: “It was a very competitive race, with several faster runners going into the race. He got out fast and settled into the race in first k. Conditions inside the stadium were very dry with air-conditioning. “Ciaran settled back into 5th / 6th place in middle part of the race as he found himself being continuously clipped by the bunched runners around him.“He made a controlled move going into the last k making his move for home. his last k was strong in a 2.41 split. He passed the runners in front of him just holding off the fast finishing French athlete to take the title.“This adds to his 3k steeplechase outdoor masters title in Sacramento last year, along with his bronze medal from national seniors in July.“I was speaking to Ciaran after the race, he was delighted to win and gave a 100% . He was accompanied to the race by his father Joseph.”Ciaran is pictured above with Donegal athletics legend Danny McDaid. His result from the race is below:FINAL – RESULTSFinalHippos Hall – 06 April 2012 – Start Time: 16:27Pos.Athlete Mark1DOHERTY Ciaran IRL IRELAND8:37.45WORLD CHAMPION2THIERY Fabrice FRA FRANCE8:38.003RUIZ Fidel ESP SPAIN8:41.524FERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ Rau ESP SPAIN8:43.235SYRJALA Teppo FIN FINLAND8:44.246KERO Jukka FIN FINLAND8:46.727NEDREGAARD Kristian NOR NORWAY8:49.638FRAMME Erik SWE SWEDEN9:13.809KERO Jaakko FIN FINLAND9:19.9810ALCOVER LAGO Ignacio ESP SPAIN9:43.4011PIHLSTRANDTRULP Joakim SWE SWEDEN9:49.8912BELOUS Yuriy RUS RUSSIA10:14.1613VIRTANEN Jari FIN FINLAND10:14.1914WARSARITARANTA Jarno FIN FINLAND12:16.1915SAARI Lasse FIN FINLAND13:59.87MUUKKONEN Petteri FIN FINLANDDNFSTENHOLM Pekka FIN FINLANDDNFWORLD CHAMPION! DOHERTY IS MASTERS WORLD INDOOR 3000M CHAMP! was last modified: April 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:WORLD CHAMPION! DOHERTY IS MASTERS WORLD INDOOR 3000M CHAMP!