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Lee tunes up her Rio dreams in Rotterdam


Lizzie Lee, Leevale

Lizzie Lee, Leevale

Lizzie Lee, Leevale

AFTER finishing second in the Barcelona Half Marathon in a personal best 74 minutes five seconds, Leevale's Lizzie Lee is aiming for a strong run at the Rotterdam Marathon as part of her campaign to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

At ten miles Lee was on target for a 72:30 time, but the return of a calf niggle saw her limping her way through the final three miles. Florence Kiplagat won the race in a world record time of 65 minutes seven seconds.

Of the Irish men, Raheny's Mick Clohisey ran 64 mins 40 secs but Seán Hehir of Rathfarnham WSAF was forced to pull out at eight miles.

At the Millrose Games in New York, Ciara Mageean of UCD ran a time of 8.55.09 to finish seventh in the 3000m. The time is comfortably inside the European Indoors qualifying time of nine minutes. Also in the USA, Kevin Batt of DSD ran a time of 7:51.87 for 3000m.

In Sheffield, at the British Indoors, Sara Treacy of Dunboyne won the 3000m in a personal best 9:06.27, outsprinting England's Emilie Gorecka who finished in 9:06.27. Maria McCambridge of DSD was fifth in 9:14.99 and Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty seventh in 9:19.51. In the 1500m, DSD's Claire Tarplee finished third in 4:15.65, while in the 60m, Phil Healy of Bandon was third in 7.47 secs, followed by Lisburn's Amy Foster seventh in 7.54 seconds.

Paul Pollock of Annadale Striders was eighth in the men's 3000m in 8:13.53, followed by DSD's Brendan O'Neill tenth in the personal best 8:16.70.