Sunday 21 October 2018

O'Hanlon awarded Irish title

Gary O’Hanlon.
Gary O’Hanlon.

Three days after the Dublin Marathon finished, Gary O'Hanlon has been declared Irish National Marathon champion.

At Wednesday's meeting of the competition committee of Athletics Ireland, information was received from Raheny Shamrock AC that verified the declared winner of the race, Freddy Sittuk, had failed to meet the required criteria for eligibility under the residency rule.

The Kenyan runner was confirmed as eligible by his Raheny club prior to the event when, in fact, he had not met all the criteria.

'The process for confirming residency eligibility for National Championships has, up to this event, worked well but the fact that Gary was not awarded this title and his gold medal on Sunday is very regrettable,' said competition committee chairman John Cronin.

Dundalk's O'Hanlon (43) finished with a PB of 2:18.52 and crossed the line thinking he was the first Irishman home.

Writing on his Facebook page, Gary a Kilkerely native said he was 'delighted and relieved to be declared Irish National Marathon Champion 2017'.

He will now receive the €3,500 prize which goes with the honour of being Irish Champion.

The Argus