Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fionnuala McCormack sets a new PB to finish 20th in the women's marathon at Rio

Published 14/08/2016 | 18:28

14 August 2016; Irish athletes, from left, Fionnuala McCormack , Lizzie Lee, and Breege Connolly after finishing the Women's Marathon during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
14 August 2016; Irish athletes, from left, Fionnuala McCormack , Lizzie Lee, and Breege Connolly after finishing the Women's Marathon during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Wicklow athlete Fionnuala McCormack produced one of the biggest runs of her career to finish in 20th position in today's women's marathon in Rio.

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The two-time European cross country gold medallist produced her greatest ever performance in a marathon to finish in a personal best time of 2:31:22 to finish just over seven minutes behind eventual winner Jemima Sumgong of Kenya.

The 31-year-old was 73rd after the first 5km but improved her position throughout the race in a controlled run.

Lizzie Lee and Breege Connolly also performed well, finishing 57th and 76th respectively.

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