Wednesday 19 June 2019

Fagan hits Olympic mark in marathon

Martin Fagan
Martin Fagan

Cliona Foley

MULLINGAR'S Martin Fagan has become the first Irish athlete to get the marathon qualification standard for next year's Olympic Games.

The 31-year-old, who served a two-year doping ban which expired in December 2013, finished 11th in Zurich with a time of 2.16.09. That is nearly a full minute inside the 2.17 standard for Rio 2016 but he may yet need to go lower to secure one of Ireland's three Olympic marathon spots when the qualification deadline comes around next year.

Elsewhere, Donore's men and Leevale's women took the GloHealth national road race relay titles in Dublin yesterday.

Donore hadn't won it for 15 years but John Travers won the three-mile leg with 14.07 and Eric Keogh anchored them home to finish in 37.52. Ennis took second in 38.41 and host club Raheny was third (39.05).

Leevale's talented trio of Carol Finn, Lizzie Lee - who pipped Letterkenny's Annemarie McGlynn by one second on the two-mile leg - and Michelle Finn took the women's title in 20.39. Letterkenny were 30 seconds adrift in second and Crusaders took third (21.37).

Crusaders teenager Matthew Behan beat holder Sam Healy and qualified for the European Juniors when he broke the Irish junior 110m hurdles with a new mark of 13.99 at Leevale's season-opening track meeting, where Carlow's Marcus Lawler (SLOT) also ran 21.14 for 200m to get the European U-23 200m qualifying standard.

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