An analysis of Ireland's performances at global championships (Olympics and Worlds) from 1983 to 2015 has thrown up some interesting statistics. One of interest to the hurdling community is the change in success from what was predominantly long and middle distance to sprints and hurdles.
In that time, there have been 21 global championship and recording the Top 16 placings of Irish athletes in each of those has shown that in the first 7 editions (1983 to 1995) sprinters and hurdlers achieved zero Top 16 placings. The middle 7 editions (1996-2004) saw a big improvement with sprints and hurdlers closing the gap on endurance (63% to 37%) while the last 7 global championships has seen sprints and hurdles overtake endurance (62% to 38%).
The graph below shows the comparison of Top 16 placing from Endurance to Sprints (& hurdles) relative to each other over the past 32 years. Is it safe to say now that Ireland has moved to be a nation of sprinters and hurdlers?