Louise Shanahan


Ben McShane Sportfile

Louise Shanahan was born in Cork in 1997. She was introduced to athletics by her dad, a former international 800m runner. At age 9, Louise joined her local athletic club, Leevale AC, because she couldn’t make her primary school athletic team. She has since gone on to win National 800m and 1500m titles as well as qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Louise is also a full time Biophysics PhD student at the University of Cambridge.She hopes to finish her PhD before the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Day 7 - Athletics

Quick Facts:

Hometown: Cork, Ireland

Favourite food: Fresh Fruit

Favourite movie: Chariots of Fire

Favourite music: Scouting for Girls

Childhood  heros: My dad

Favourite athlete: Sonia O Sullivan

Most rewarding moment in sport: Lying on the track at the end of a hard session or race knowing that you have given it everything

Talents other than sport: I have crocheted lots of stuffed animals and I love baking!


  • Personal Best: 1.59.42 Irish Record
  • 2022 European 800m Finalist
  • 2022 National Indoor and Outdoor 800m Champion
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympian
  • 2013 European Youth Olympics Champion

Louise Shanahan

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