Saturday 18 November 2017

Fionnuala Britton has qualified for the Rio Olympics

Fionnuala Britton
Fionnuala Britton

Cathal Dennehy

Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) secured Olympic qualification at the Chicago Marathon, finishing 13th in 2:33:15, a run which makes her the third Irish woman to qualify for the marathon in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Britton, 31, passed halfway in 75:09 in yesterday’s race but was unable to maintain the pace through the latter miles and came home in 2:33:15, comfortably inside the standard of 2:42, but well off her best of 2:31:46, which was run in her marathon debut at the European Championships in Zurich last year.

The race in Chicago was won by Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat in 2:23:33.

Though Britton’s time makes her the second fastest Irish qualifier for Rio, she is still not guaranteed selection, with Maria McCambridge and others set to make attempts at the standard in the coming months. Lizzie Lee is currently the fastest Irish qualifier, having run 2:32:51 at the Berlin Marathon last month, while Breege Connolly ran 2:37:29 in London earlier this year.

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