In brief: Olympic boost for Marathon
The Dublin Marathon received a huge boost yesterday with the news that the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, have made the event one of the qualifying races for next year's Olympic Games.
"This is a great recognition for the race and I have no doubt that the IAAF's decision will impact on the field," said race director Jim Aughney.
The qualifying standard for London has yet to be finalised by the IAAF but it's expected to be something in the region of 2 hours, 15 minutes (this year's world championship standard is 2:16).
Last year a record 13,500 runners were attracted to Dublin and Aughney is confident there will be even more competitors in 2011.
The race takes place on the October Bank Holiday Monday.
Renault brush off tobacco law fears
Renault F1 chairman Gerard Lopez has dismissed concern that his Lotus-backed team's new black and gold livery could fall foul of anti-tobacco legislation.
The new R31 car harks back to the 1970s and '80s when Lotus won races with cars painted in the colours of a British tobacco brand. The same brand is still marketed around the world now, although it no longer has any commercial links with F1.
That has led to suggestions that Renault could be in breach of strict anti-tobacco advertising laws because of the past association.
Ferrari are the only outfit still sponsored by a cigarette maker, Philip Morris' Marlboro brand. There is, however, no branding on the car or uniforms, other than the red and white colours.
Bowtell seals world ranking
IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell has secured a place in the adult world rankings at the age of 17.
Bowtell entered the WTA singles ladder at No 905 as a result of reaching the quarter-finals of the recent ITF event in Wrexham.
The Greystones teenager celebrated her achievement by thrashing Marta Bertolaso 6-2 6-1 in the qualifying third-round match to clinch a place in the main draw for the ITF event in Coimbra, Portugal.