Saturday 24 June 2017

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

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

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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