Laser Running The World in Dublin

The Laser Run World Championships will be held in Trinity College Dublin starting today and running throughout the weekend.

It promises to be a spectacular sight for those passing and admission to watch is free.

Over 450 competitors, from over 20 countries, have arrived in Dublin to compete in this exciting event which Dublin won the right to host last year.

Participants will start with a short sprint to the shooting range. From there, using a laser pistol, they shoot their designated target until they register 5 successful hits, or for 50 seconds, whichever comes first.

They will then leave the range and run a circuit, returning to the shooting range for round two of the shoot. They complete this circuit four times alternating between running and shooting.

We spoke to Irish World Cup medal winners Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan -O’Keefe earlier this week as part of #DublinSportsFest and they explained the difficulty in getting your heart rate down after a run in order to maintain your accuracy in the shooting.

Modern Pentathlon is the only sport designed specifically for the Olympic Games and both our Irish stars will be genuine medal contenders for Tokyo 2020.

For this weekend though they are bringing it home to Dublin with an adapted version of the sport, minus the horse, swords and swimming pool and it looks like being a real winner.



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