Emma can say “I was there” when Bolt stuck gold in Rio

The big sceen view of Bolt in the athletics stadium
The big sceen view of Bolt in the athletics stadium

Most people had to make do with marvelling at Usain Bolt winning the 100 metres gold medal at the Rio Olympics on television, but not Galloway resident Emma Dunne.

Twenty-six year old Emma, who moved to Minnigaff from Ireland, was actually there in the stadium in Rio de Janeiro watching it live. She also witnessed South African 400 metre runner Wayde Van Neikerk break Micheal Johnston’s 17-year-old world record.

That evening at the athletics stadium was the highlight for Emma, who was notching up her second Olympics, and she’s now planning a third!

She said: “I wanted to go to Rio after going to the London Olympics. It was such brilliant fun I started planning for Rio straight afterwards.

“In Rio I got tickets to see the athletics, the gymnastics, the basketball, the rowing and the hockey.

“At a lot of the events the atmosphere was really good and in the athletics stadium it was electric. The build up to the 100 metres final was really good and Bolt is such a character.”

Emma now has her sights set on Tokyo in 2020!