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Ireland's Paul Pollock finishes 17th in European Championship half marathon

Sean McGoldrick

Published 10/07/2016 | 13:23

Ireland athletes, from left, Paul Pollock, Kevin Seaward and Mick Clohisey after finishing the Men's Half-Marathon day five of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland athletes, from left, Paul Pollock, Kevin Seaward and Mick Clohisey after finishing the Men's Half-Marathon day five of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Paul Pollock, a controversial choice to run for Ireland in the marathon in next month's Rio Olympics, proved his fitness today in the half marathon at the European championships in Amsterdam finishing a credible 17th.

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Pollock, missed the London marathon in the spring and was the fourth fastest Irish qualifier. But the selectors opted to pick him ahead of the third fastest Sergiu Ciobanu. But Pollock underlined his credentials for Rio when he was the fastest of the Irish runner in the championship race.

Tadease Abraham, born in Eritrea but representing Switzerland, won the gold medal in 62.03. Pollick clocked a time of 64.58. The other Irish finishers were 32nd Mick Clohisey 66.00; 34th Kevin Seward 66.20 and 57th Sergiu Ciobanu 67.46.

The Irish team finished seventh overall.

There were two Irish competitors in the women's half-marathon which saw Claire McCarthy finish 48th in 76:02 , while Gladys Ganiel came home in 78:06 which was good enough for 71st position.

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