Tuesday 18 June 2019

Mayo-born Sinead Diver (42) finishes seventh in London Marathon and qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

Mayo-born Sinéad Diver
Mayo-born Sinéad Diver

Mayo-born Sinead Diver has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after a brilliant seventh-place finish in the London Marathon.

The 42-year-old, who now competes for Australia where she resides, led the women's race at the halfway stage and went on to clock a personal best 2:24.11.

"That was real good fun," she said. "I wasn't expecting to lead, obviously. I made a joke about that yesterday. I was really freaked out and didn't want to look behind, I didn't know where everybody was!

"That was the main goal for today (qualification for Tokyo). Marathon running in Australia is very strong at the moment but hopefully I have done enough to get there."

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya went one better than last year with victory in the women's marathon.

The 25-year-old, runner-up 12 months ago, left defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot and the rest of the field trailing in her wake with a blistering second half of the race,

Kosgei made a break for home around the 20-mile mark but was quickly reeled in by Cheruiyot.

However, with four miles to go Cheruiyot fell away again leaving her compatriot to add London to her Chicago triumph of last year.

Cheruiyot came in second with Roza Dereje of Ethiopia third.

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