Tuesday 25 April 2017

Dublin Marathon: Byrne basks in glory of reaching 'A' grade

Linda Byrne was still feeling the effects of her National Lottery Dublin Marathon efforts yesterday, as the reality of what she achieved on the day began to fully sink in.

The Dundrum South Dublin AC runner (right) achieved her target of an Olympic 'A' qualifying standard in difficult weather conditions in Dublin on Monday and must now -- especially in view of her young age -- stand an excellent chance of being selected for next year's London Olympics.

Byrne won the women's national marathon title in Dublin as well as the prescious Olympic 'A' qualifying standard by finishing in 2:36.21.

Early Olympic selection would enable the 25-year-old DSD runner to get an early start to her training plans for London, but the selection process for the Olympic marathon is still not clear.

"I had my heart set on achieving the Olympic 'A' standard and it would be really great if I had some early indication as to what my chances of Olympic selection might be," she said. "I would prefer not to have to run another marathon in the spring, but I will have to wait and see how things progress."

On Monday, Byrne paid tribute to her long-time coach Enda Fitzpatrick as well as her support team at Dublin City University, where she was an athletic scholarship student for some years.

"I have received great support over the years from Enda and other DCU staff, Dr Niall Moyna (Sports Science), Crionna Tobin (Nutrition) and Ed Coughlan (Strength & Conditioning)," she said.

The DSD runner will now take a short break from training before sitting down with her coach to plan her training for the months ahead.

Irish Independent

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