Monday 22 January 2018

Gary O'Hanlon awarded Dublin Marathon title three days after race following residency row

 

Gary O’Hanlon. Photo: Sportsfile
Gary O’Hanlon. Photo: Sportsfile

Matt Law

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

At last night'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.

Irish Independent

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